The Employee Retirement Income Security Act
When the federal government recognizes a widespread problem that is within their rights to address, there often appears a landmark piece of legislation that establishes a standard for that issue. In the case of employee rights and workers’ compensation, the standard was established by Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. While there are provisions in the Internal Revenue Code that help address retirement, benefits, and worker rights concerns, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is among the most influential pieces of legislation passed in regard to workers’ compensation law and litigation.
The Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help you with your workers’ compensation claim today. Contact us at 877-327-2600 to learn more about how the law can work for you.
ERISA Amendments and Supplementary Laws
As the world has significantly changed since ERISA was passed in 1974, there have been a series of amendments to the law. These additions have provided important clarifications on such issues as mothers’ rights in the workplace and the treatment of mental health. These amendments include:
- The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA)
- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
- The Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act
- The Mental Health Parity Act
- The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act
As a result of these pieces of legislation, ERISA has served as an umbrella term for the law that establishes workers’ compensation judicial standards, enforces employer-employee communication about benefits and pensions, and standardizes how healthcare and insurance plays a role in benefits packages.
If you have been injured on the job, you may be eligible to pursue workers’ compensation. If a claim is denied, it is important to know that you can appeal. Contact a Des Moines workers’ compensation appeal lawyer from LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 for more information.