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ERISA Lawyer Austin

Employers tend to offer employees a wide range of benefits in addition to their salaries. Pension plans, health insurance, life insurance, and long term disability are just a few. These plans are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which became federal law in 1974.

While employers are not required to offer such benefits, if they do choose to offer them, they must meet certain requirements. That is what ERISA is there to do. ERISA oversees these employer-provided benefit plans and protects employees by ensuring that plan administrators meet minimum standards. If you have questions about your employer-sponsored benefits, an Austin ERISA lawyer may be able to help.


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About J. Price McNamara

Price McNamara began his law practice in 1990 representing insurance companies.

In 1995, Mr. McNamara founded McNamara Law Offices, where he represents people across the U.S. who are wrongfully denied long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and accidental death insurance benefits, with special focus on ERISA claims and lawsuits.

His is a member of the Louisiana and Texas Bars, with office locations by appointment only in Baton Rouge, Metairie, and Houston. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife and their three children.

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ERISA covers all plans provided by private, for-profit employers. The law provides for accountability and helps prevent corruption and other unethical matters. When there is a conflict between ERISA and state law, ERISA will overrule.

When employees are denied benefits that are supposed to be covered under a plan, employers can face penalties. These penalties may include tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.


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Baton Rouge Office

10455 Jefferson Hwy,
Suite 2B
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone: (225) 201-8311
Fax: (225) 201-8313
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New Orleans Office

4141 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Suite 212
Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: (504) 458-8455
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Houston Office

363 N Sam Houston Pkwy E
Ste 1100 PMB, #114
Houston, TX 77060
Phone: (713) 439-0339
Fax: (225) 201-8313
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Common ERISA Violations

There are several ways in which an action by a plan or employer can result in violations:

  • Use of assets to benefit those who do not participate in the plan
  • Breaching any terms of the plan
  • Discriminating against participants who file a claim
  • Unfairly denying benefits
  • Not valuing assets at fair market value

Criminal violations at the executive level may include:

  • Theft of plan assets.
  • Making unauthorized changes to paperwork.
  • Accepting bribes or offers that affect the plan’s functionality.
  • Making false statements to participants and others involved in the plan.

Penalties Involved

A plan or employer not abiding by the laws and obligations set forth by ERISA can face hefty fines. There are two types of penalties involved – civil and criminal.

The law does not have specific civil penalties in place for offenders, so penalties are given on a case-by-case basis. They generally depend on the motive and do not exceed $1,000 per day. Plan participants, for example, have the ability to receive compensation for benefits that were wrongly denied, any accrued interest, and attorney’s fees.

Criminal punishments depend on the nature of the violation. The maximum criminal penalties were increased in 2002. They increased again in 2016. Individuals can be fined up to $100,000 and face up to 10 years in jail. Companies can face fines up to $500,000. They may be forced to restore assets and losses and reprocess claims in accordance with the plan.

Contact an Austin ERISA Lawyer

ERISA has the best interests of injured employees in mind. It was put in place to ensure that disability plan administrators meet certain standards. When these standards are not met, the employer can face significant penalties.

Employees have rights when they suffer disabilities, and if you feel like your employer is trying to take away your rights, it is time to seek legal help. An Austin ERISA lawyer from the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara can inform you of your legal rights and protect your interests. Schedule a free consultation by calling his office today.

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