Helping Healthcare Workers Recover Underfunded Pensions

Tuesday, March 18 - 2014

Stephan Zouras represents healthcare workers of religious-affiliated hospitals that seek to recover pension plan funds. 
 
Typically, employee benefit plans that qualify as “church plans” are exempt from many federal retirement laws and pension requirements, including minimum vesting rules.  However, many hospitals and healthcare facilities, who claim an affiliation with a particular church or religious organization in order to benefit from ”church plan” retirement laws and pension plan vesting rules, are not actually controlled by a church or aligned with a specific religious practice or belief. 
 
While these institutions can receive a tremendous financial benefit from “church plan” exemptions, including the ability to fund pensions based on the minimum vesting rules, in many cases they do not qualify for these exemptions and are wrongly taking advantage of a law which does not apply to them.
 
We believe this is a direct violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA.)  ERISA was crafted to protect employee retirement funds by providing minimum vesting and funding standards to ensure after years of service, employees receive the benefits promised by their retirement plan under applicable laws.
 
To read about our case against Advocate Health Care, click here.
 
If you or someone you know works at a religious affiliated hospital, we can help you understand your legal rights.  Contact us for a complimentary review of your employee benefit plan.

For more information on your rights, contact us

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