Employment Law

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Sullivan Ward offers legal assistance in all aspects of employee benefits and labor and employment law matters.

We provide counsel and representation to multiemployer and municipal benefit funds, trade and professional associations, non-profit organizations and businesses. Our attorneys have negotiated some of the largest multimillion dollar settlements in the country.

We advise and represent clients in a wide variety of industries in labor relations, employment management, complex ERISA litigation and all other areas of federal and state employment, benefit and labor law. We draft document amendments for compliance with Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor (DOL) rules/regulations, obtain IRS Determination Letters for client retirement systems, negotiate settlements with IRS and DOL during plan audits, and represent clients in contract interpretation as well as assist them in remaining compliant with state and federal benefit law. 

Our attorneys also handle issues of fiduciary responsibility, plan documentation, benefit claims, prohibited transactions, agreements with third party vendors, withdrawal liability and merger issues. We work closely with administrators and trustees in the day-to-day operations of multiemployer fringe benefit funds.

We offer the following related services:

Representative Clients

Associated Metal Fabricators & Engineers
Associated Architectural Metal Contractors
City of Berkley Public Safety Retirement System
City of Dearborn Retirement Systems
City of Inkster Policemen and Firemen Retirement System
City of Marine City Retirement System
City of Marine City Post-Retirement Health Care Fund
City of Monroe Employees Retirement System
City of Monroe Post-Retirement Health Care Fund
City of New Baltimore Retiree Health Care Trust
City of Pontiac Police and Fire Retirement System
City of Pontiac Police and Fire Retirees Prefunded Group Health Plan & Trust
City of Pontiac General Employees’ Retirement System
City of Rochester Hills Group Pension Plan
City of Rochester Hills Retiree Health Care Trust
Clawson Fire Department Employees Pension Plan
Construction Trades Alliance, Inc.
Flint Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry Fringe Benefit Funds
Health & Insurance Plan and Trust
Iron Workers Local 25 Fringe Benefit Funds
Iron Workers Local 55 Pension Fund
Michigan Alliance of Union Painting Contractors
Pipefitters Local 636 Fringe Benefit Funds
Plumbers’ Local 98 Fringe Benefit Funds
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 166 Fringe Benefit Funds
Roofers Local 149 Fringe Benefit Funds
Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 Fringe Benefit Funds
SMACNA Detroit
Sprinkler Fitters and Apprentices Local 704 Defined Contribution Fund
Waterford Township Defined Contribution Employees Retirement System
Waterford Township Employees Retirement System
Waterford Township Post-Retirement Health Care Fund