Amarillo Employee Benefits Attorneys

Find the right Employee Benefits attorney in Amarillo, TX

Issues with benefit plans and pension payments arise both when hiring an employee and when they leave the job. Texas's laws specifically govern the way in which employers implement health plans and retirement pension payments. Recipients of such benefit plans can file claims using these laws.

Amarillo employers also owe legal duties to those given pension programs. First, they are legally required to provide the benefits that were promised under a set benefit plan. Sometimes benefits are paid directly by the employer, while other instances of benefits require voluntary contributions from the worker. Also note that there can be a standard minimum amount of time spent working for the employer in order for the employee to receive benefits.

What Employee Benefits are Protected by Texas law?

Employers owe specific legal duties to the employees in providing them with medical plans. Under Texas law, employers must disclose health plan information, and the employee is entitled to fair treatment in the processing of any claims under the medical plan. There are also laws that allow employees who lose their jobs to continue the health coverage they had with their employer while they search for new work.

In the city of Amarillo, employees who receive pension programs are owed a legal duty by the employer. First of all, the employer has a duty to provide all the benefits that may have been mentioned in the pension payment plan. Also, the employer must bear the risk on any investments which are made on behalf of a worker according to terms in a matched contribution arrangement.

How can a Amarillo, Texas Pension and Benefits Attorney Help?

Attorneys in Amarillo, Texas will assist employers who wish to create pension plans that are in compliance with the law. A lawyer also helps employees who encounter difficulties in obtaining benefits under a pension or other type of plan.

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Life in Amarillo

Amarillo is the seat of Potter County and largest city in the Texas Panhandle with over 175,000 residents according to the 2000 Census. Known to most as the "yellow rose of Texas," Amarillo is also the self-proclaimed "helium capital of the world" because the United States' most productive helium fields are located in town. Amarillo was originally known throughout the United States as a capital for cattle trade.

The city's industry hasn't changed much, Amarillo is still the location where roughly 25% of the nation's beef supply is processed and is also home to the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. Tyson Foods is Amarillo's largest employer attesting to the meatpacking heritage of the city. Healthcare, the Amarillo Independent School District, and the City of Amarillo are other top employers. Bell Helicopter Textron operates and assembly plant in Amarillo which is responsible for the V-22 Osprey and Marine One assembly.

The Globe News Center for the Performing Arts in Amarillo houses the Amarillo Opera, Amarillo Symphony, and Lone Star Ballet in addition to concerts. For those who want the Texas Cowboy experience, Amarillo plays host to the Tri-State Fair and Rodeo as well as the World Championship Chuckwagon Roundup that is a food festival featuring staples cowboys and pioneers historically ate in the area. The World Championship Ranch Rodeo is put on by the Working Ranch Cowboys Association and attracts accomplished cowboys from around the world. There's even a weekly cattle auction that's free to the public named the Amarillo Livestock Auction. The American Quarter Horse Association and Hall of Fame is another internationally known Amarillo organization.

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