Bellingham Employee Benefits Attorneys

Find the right Employee Benefits attorney in Bellingham, WA

Benefits and pensions for employees frequently come into play during the hiring process as well as when the employee leaves the organization for whatever reason. 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.

Additionally, if a Bellingham employer guaranteed any benefits to the employer in a contract when work began, they must make good on these. 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 Washington law?

Washington laws require that employers providing medical plans for their workers perform specific legal duties. The employer must inform the employee about their health plans, and the employee is entitled to fair treatment in the review process of their claim. Additionally, some laws let employees who are out of work receive health care from a prior employer's plan while they are looking for a new job.

Employers in the city of Bellingham also owe their employees legal duties with regard to pension plans. First, the law requires that they provide any benefits that were guaranteed to their employee in any given benefit agreement. Moreover, it is the employer who must bear the risk of any investments that are made on behalf of an employee under a matched contribution plan.

How can a Bellingham, Washington Pension and Benefits Attorney Help?

Bellingham, Washington lawyers can help an employer in creating a pension plan that complies with applicable laws. Attorneys also often assist employees when difficulties arise with obtaining the benefits under a plan.

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Life in Bellingham

Bellingham is located in Whatcom County, Washington. Per the 2010 census, Washington has 80,885 residents. Bellingham is surrounded by Fairhaven, Whatcom, and Sehome.

Bellingham is home to many wonderful attractions. Popular sites include the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, the Bellingham Railway Museum, the American Museum of Radio and Electricity, Whatcom Falls Park, Mount Baker Ski Area, Salish Sea, and North Lookout Mountain.

Although the city is known for its small-town charm, top employers include PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, Haggen, Sodexo, Bellingham School District, Sterling Health Plans and Fred Meyer. The legal industry too has a presence in Bellingham via many small law firms and law offices. These entities provide legal services to residents in practically all areas of law, with competent attorneys overseeing each and every case.

Famous celebrities who have, at one time or another, called Bellingham home include Billy Burke, Hilary Swank, Ryan Stiles, Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer.

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