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Blaine A. Veldhuis is an associate in the Detroit, Michigan, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on the defense of complex ERISA litigation and single plaintiff ERISA cases.  He also represents employers in a wide range of employment and labor matters.

Blaine defends ERISA plan fiduciaries, multi-employer plan trustees, and plan administrators providing services to ERISA plans. He defends ERISA 401(k) plan class actions, COBRA class actions, and benefit claims in the retirement and healthcare arena. Blaine has counseled multi-employer welfare and retirement plans, particularly in the construction industry, and has handled withdrawal liability, delinquent contribution, and plan merger matters. With respect to multi-employer plans, his expertise includes compliance-side issues and litigation.

He has significant experience representing defendants and respondents in administrative and governmental investigations, including Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Labor audits, and investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Blaine also assists and advises employers on issues related to union activity, and other matters implicating the National Labor Relations Act.

Blaine's experience includes handling wage and hour claims, discrimination claims, sexual harassment claims, whistleblower claims, commercial litigation, and general employment litigation. Blaine regularly counsels employers in employee relations and discipline and discharge matters, and also assists employers in drafting employment policies and in complying with the federal and state employment laws.

While attending law school, he was a title editor for the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review and participated in the University of Detroit Mercy Veterans Law Clinic. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, his practice focused on labor and employment matters as an associate at a firm in the Detroit metropolitan area.

We previously wrote about the Department of Labor’s proposed expansion of its safe harbor for electronic delivery of certain retirement plan disclosures required under ERISA.  The wait is finally over, with publication of the final rule (the “New Rule”) helped along by the DOL’s desire to alleviate some of the “disclosure-related problems being reported by