Employee Benefits (ERISA)

For more than 20 years, the Law Office of Katherine L. MacKinnon has protected the federal rights you are entitled to under ERISA.

Congress passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in 1974 to protect employee benefits including:

  • Retirement/pension/401(k)
  • Short and long-term disability
  • Health
  • Welfare
  • Life insurance
  • Other employment-related benefits

ERISA also details the responsibilities of your employer with regard to employee benefit plans and outlines what you can do if your rights are violated.

At the Law Office of Katherine L. MacKinnon, our employee benefits attorneys know the intricacies of ERISA and can either effectively negotiate a settlement or successfully litigate your case.

Request a Free Consultation with Our Employee Benefits Attorneys

Learn more below about some of the types of employee benefits we can help you with — or contact us for a free consultation about your benefits. Based in St. Paul, our attorneys work with employees throughout the Twin Cities and elsewhere in Minnesota.

Short and Long-Term Disability

Commonly employers offer their employees short and long-term disability benefits in addition to other benefits like health insurance and life insurance. So, for example, if you become unable to work because of an illness or injury, you may be eligibl… Read More

Life Insurance

Often employers offer group life insurance to their employees. When the employee’s beneficiary makes a claim for the life insurance benefits, several issues may be discovered. There may be problems with eligibility, such as whether or not the emplo… Read More


Common issues with pension benefits include disputes about benefit amounts, disputes about a QDRO and its effect on benefit distributions, and disputes about whether a claimant is eligible and entitled to pension benefits. At the Law Office of Kather… Read More

Severance Benefits

Employees separating from an employer are commonly asked to sign severance agreements. Our employee benefits attorneys can help you navigate benefit issues involved in such agreements and ensure your interests are protected. Below is one of our recen… Read More

Health Insurance

Health benefit claims can be denied for many reasons. For example, the insurer may consider the treatment “not medically necessary” or “experimental.” When a health benefit claim is denied, you have a short time frame in which you may appeal… Read More