What Is The Status Of My Benefits?

Many support staff are worried about benefits and focus on making sure they have coverage until they find new employment and also how the benefits will be at that new job. But we as a group need to make sure that our current benefits and the way they are administered by Heller management don’t come back to haunt us.


One of the issues during the Brobeck debacle and the aftermath was the status of the retirement funds of employees.  There was no concern that 401k contributions had not been made by the staff.  But what did happen?  Brobeck management did not pay the administrative fees on those accounts.  When ex-Brobeck employees attempted to gain access to their own hard-earned money, whether to tap into it (at a tax penalty) for living expenses or to roll it over to an account with a new employer, their money was held hostage.

Don’t let this happen at Heller.  Speak up and ask about the status of all benefits including retirement funds and accessibility.  Demand to see proof that administrative fees have been paid.  Remember not to listen to the man on the overhead speaker telling you not to worry.

Vacation Accrual

This is another often over-looked category.  If you have vacation accrual not only are you entitled to receive that money when you leave Heller, in some states it’s the law! 

Again, this is another area where we need to be vocal with Heller management and ensure that support staff retains what it has earned and can take it with them.


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". . . sitting on our butts is not going to help us either. Maybe by climbing out of here, we can save ourselves. If you've got any sense, you'll come along with us."

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