ABCs of Employment Law: Employee Benefits

Did you know that employee benefits make up to 40% of an employee’s total compensation in some situations? That’s a large chunk of your salary, and Walcheske & Luzi is committed to protecting what you are rightfully owed by your employer. This month, we break down what employee benefits are and what to do if you feel you have been wrongfully denied wages or benefits guaranteed to you by your employer.

What are considered employee benefits?

According to Workable, employee benefits are considered any perks offered or provided by employers on top of compensation and can include extended medical insurance, paid time off, profit sharing, learning and development strategies, retirement benefits, and more. Benefits are among the top driving factors candidates look for in job ads and employers are required to provide them to you.

What employee benefits am I entitled to?

Any benefit your employer guarantees you in a signed compensation letter, you are entitled too. Although employers are not required to provide these benefits, once they do, they cannot go back on promised benefits or refuse providing benefits for discriminatory reasons.

How do I spot an employee benefits violation?

You have the right to file a claim if there is a dispute with you employer about the amount of wages or benefits that are owed. In simple cases, you may open a case to recover the cost of denied claims including disability, medical, retirement, or other benefits. ERISA and employee benefits cases are not always straightforward though. In some cases, you may not have easy access to your employee benefit plan, making locating instances of denied benefits harder to spot.

What should I do if I’m unsure about what to do?

Our easy answer – Hire an employment law attorney. Our expert attorneys at Walcheske & Luzi have a wide breadth of experience in litigating employment law cases concerning ERISA and employee benefits claims. With an employment law attorney by your side, you stand the best chance of getting what your employer is required to provide to you.

Do you have questions regarding employee benefits that we haven’t addressed? The attorneys at Walcheske & Luzi are here to help you better understand your individual rights when it comes to employee benefits packages. Fill out our contact form and one of our attorneys will be in touch!