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Employee Benefits Research Guide

This guide is a starting point for research in the law of employee benefits, including welfare benefits, health insurance and health savings accounts, cafeteria plans, retirement benefits, and pensions. It includes both primary and secondary materials, in


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When you begin a research project, it is often helpful to have an overview of the topic to familiarize yourself with the issues and taxonomy of the area. The following sources provide useful background when researching employee benefits issues.

  • Steven J. Sacher et al., Employee Benefits Law (2d ed. 2000)KF3509 .E58; also available on Bloomberg Law
    Provides a brief history of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act; includes chapters on ERISA's effect on other laws, as well as fiduciary responsibility, employment discrimination and employee benefits, and criminal investigation and civil RICO.

  • Peter J. Wiedenbeck, ERISA : Principles of Employee Benefit Law (2010)KF3512 .W533; also available on Lexis (Browse Sources > Search Sources > Principles of Employee Benefit Law)
    Overview of ERISA's scope and policies; analyzes case law focused on ERISA's principle features, including labor and tax law issues.

  • Colleen E. Medill, Introduction to Employee Benefit Law: Policy and Practice (2d ed. 2007),KF3509 .M43
    Part of West's American Casebook Series; chapters on qualified retirement plans, welfare benefit plans, fiduciary duties and prohibited transactions, civil enforcement actions and preemption of state law.