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Multi-employer Plan Issues

Multi-employer plans are benefit plans established through collective bargaining and managed by an equal number of employer-appointed and union-appointed trustees. 

Employers whose employees are covered by the plan are required to make agreed-upon contributions.  Such plans may provide pension, health, life and/or other welfare other benefits to covered.  Multi-employer plans are subject to a variety of legal requirements, and the trustees of such plans owe fiduciary duties to plan participants and their dependents.  Ice Miller's Employee Benefits Group serves as counsel to multi-employer plans, advising trustees on their fiduciary obligations and other legal requirements.  We also represent such plans in disputes, including litigation.

In addition to representing multi-employer plans, the Employee Benefits Group represents contributing employers regarding their obligations with respect to such plans.  Due to a number of factors, many multi-employer pension funds are experiencing significant financial difficulty.  As a result, contributing employers have seen their potential withdrawal liabilities to such plans grow exponentially.  We help employers evaluate their options with respect to financially-troubled multi-employer pension plans and, in some cases, negotiating their withdrawal from the plan.


Name Position Phone Email
Gary Blachman Partner 312-726-7375
Kathleen Sheil Scheidt Partner 312-726-2541
Lindsay Knowles Staff Attorney 317-236-2350
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