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Our talented employee benefits lawyers have decades of experience advising plan fiduciaries on their fiduciary duties, and on the avoidance of fiduciary status. We counsel fiduciaries on when the individuals are deemed as operating in a fiduciary versus settlor capacity pursuant to Department of Labor and other guidance, and the best practices for ensuring that fees for services are reasonable. We also provide guidance on prohibited transactions, including self-dealing and party-in-interest transactions, and on when statutory and class exemptions apply.

Compliance Audits

Trest performs preemptive audits of plan documentation, operation and administration to enable plan sponsors to correct non-compliance prior to a regulatory examination, which allows the avoidance of costly fees and penalties.

Government Plans

Our employee benefits lawyers and consultants are experienced in counseling Federal, State and local levels of government on the operation and administration of public sector retirement and health and welfare plans.

Retirement Plans

Our professionals assist the client with defining their goals and objectives in offering defined contribution, defined benefit and executive retirement benefits and strategically recommends designs based upon the client’s intentions.

Health & Welfare Plans

Trest professionals design a variety of health and welfare plans and programs and manage the plan sponsor’s vendor relationships. We also assist with the design of insured and self-funded arrangements.

Participant Communications

We bring a broad knowledge of best practices to our benefits communications strategy, and ensure that the complexity, tone and presentation is appropriate for the audience.

Alternative Benefits

Trest is highly knowledgeable about the vast universe of alternative benefit options that employers may offer their employees either as a supplement to or in lieu of other benefit offerings, and can locate providers of virtually any benefit that comes to mind.

Classification and Compensation Studies

Trest conducts classification, compensation and benefit studies, and comparative and gap analysis, which is often utilized by our clients to develop a multi-year compensation and benefits strategy.