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Monthly Archives: June 2013

  • DOL Audits of Health Plans

    Posted on June 18, 2013

    Below is the link to the June 11, 2013 UBA Employer Webinar Series:  “DOL Audits of Health Plans”

     

    http://webinars.ubabenefits.com/WebinarRecordingGateway/tabid/2890/Default.aspx?rid=be2ea03c-52ac-41ca-b68f-0f4957d649ca

     

    The Department of Labor has significantly increased its audits of group health plans. These audits now cover compliance with parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in addition to the many other federal laws that apply to group health plans. Now is the time for employers to be sure they understand what they will need to provide if they receive an audit letter and to take steps to fill any gaps they may have.

    During this 90 minute intermediate level webinar we will discuss what the updated DOL audit letter typically requests and provide guidance on how to respond if you receive an audit letter. We will also cover best practices for compliance and documentation to help you be as prepared as possible if an audit does occur.

    PRESENTERS
    Avery M. Chenin, Of Counsel – Jackson Lewis LLP
    Mr. Chenin focuses his practice on employee benefit plans, including providing advice regarding the planning, development, implementation and amendment of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), 401(k) plans, defined benefit pension plans and 403(b) plans. He also assists companies with executive compensation, welfare plan issues and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Chenin’s practice includes representing clients with respect to IRS and Department of Labor examinations and audits, and assisting in the resolution of plan defects, including submitting plan corrections under both the IRS and Department of Labor correction programs. He also provides counsel to clients related to plan fiduciary matters.

    Teresa Y. Huang, Associate – Jackson Lewis LLP
    Ms. Huang’s current practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and employee benefits, including employee stock ownership plans and trusts and merger and acquisition issues involving employee benefit plans. Ms. Huang also provides litigation support and research capabilities to the firm’s litigation practice areas.

     

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    Please feel free to watch/listen to this whenever it is convenient for you and your staff. It will be available for you to view for the next 11 months. Your name and email are required for registration. There is no cost however, this webinar has been approved for one credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Once you have viewed the webinar, the last page will provide details on receiving the credit hour.

    These webinars are designed to help keep you up to date on pertinent employee issues. We hope that you find this information valuable.

    If you would like to be removed from our distribution list or if there is someone else in your organization that you would like to receive this, please contact Karen Soule. (ksoule@acadiabenefits.com

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  • Are You My Employee?

    Posted on June 18, 2013

    Below is the link to the May 16, 2013 UBA Employer Webinar Series: “Are You My Employee?”
    http://webinars.ubabenefits.com/WebinarRecordingGateway/tabid/2890/Default.aspx?rid=7a339ceb-61e6-4bf2-be47-647acf1dec43

    In recent years, both lawsuits and state and federal agency audits have increased over worker classification issues. PPACA’s requirement that large and mid-size employers offer health coverage to their full-time employees or pay penalties will give employers another reason to make sure workers are classified correctly. Misclassifying workers can lead to awards of large dollars of back pay, penalties for under-withholding, and fines under PPACA.

    Unfortunately, it’s not always simple to decide if a worker is an “employee.” Join us for this 90 minute intermediate level webinar and learn what to look at when deciding if a worker is a “common law” employee, tools available from the government to help you do this, and all the consequences to consider
    PRESENTERS
    Kathleen R. Barrow, Partner – Jackson Lewis LLP
    Kathleen has designed welfare benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements and has counseled sponsors and administrators of these types of plans for 15 years. She has appeared on behalf of clients before the national offices of the U.S. Treasury and the Department of Labor Employee Benefit Security Administration and has assisted employers in defending plan audits. Kathleen is a member of the Jackson Lewis Health Care Reform Task Force.
    Randal M. Limbeck, Partner – Jackson Lewis LLP
    Randal M. Limbeck is a partner in the Omaha office of Jackson Lewis LLP. He specializes in representation of clients in the areas of ERISA, employee benefits, and executive compensation. Mr. Limbeck has represented clients in a broad range of industries and size, with respect to design, document drafting, employee communications, litigation and assistance in dealings with the IRS and Department of Labor. Mr. Limbeck is admitted to practice in Nebraska.

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    Please feel free to watch/listen to this whenever it is convenient for you and your staff. It will be available for you to view for the next 11 months. Your name and email are required for registration. There is no cost however, this webinar has been approved for one credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Once you have viewed the webinar, the last page will provide details on receiving the credit hour.
    These webinars are designed to help keep you up to date on pertinent employee issues. We hope that you find this information valuable.
    If you would like to be removed from our distribution list or if there is someone else in your organization that you would like to receive this, please contact Karen Soule. (ksoule@acadiabenefits.com

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