A 2020 Vision for ERISA and Employee Benefits Legal Compliance
Over the past 24 months, the team at Hall Benefits Law has abated more than $60 million in DOL and IRS penalties for its plan sponsor clients in 28 states. ACA enforcement is not waning as many expected under the Trump administration. On the retirement plan side, the SECURE Act just passed, fiduciary breach lawsuits remain a reality, and the plaintiffs’ bar has taken the fiduciary battle into the health and welfare benefits arena. Employee benefits and HR professionals for plan sponsors large and small should be taking a more proactive approach to employee benefits legal compliance, but the HBL team spends the majority of its time putting out legal compliance fires. Attorneys will share cautionary tales, give a boots on the ground perspective on employee benefits legal compliance, and offer a prospective view of what employers can expect over the coming year, highlighting throughout the importance of a proactive approach to employee benefits legal compliance as well as the creative solutions the team can implement for those wishing to be more proactive.
- Understand the importance of ERISA Legal Compliance
- Learn the details of the SECURE Act
- Comprehend what fiduciary breach is, and why it matter to you as an HR professional
- Learn how agency enforcement of employee benefits legal compliance is increasing
- Look-back/Look-forward at Health & Welfare and Executive Compensation legal compliance landscape
- Learn steps to be proactive to ensure you don’t find yourselves facing a penalty situation with the DOL, IRS, or HHS
SHRM BoCK COMPETENCIES
- Employment Law & Regulations
- Employee and Labor Relations
- Business Acumen
- Learning & Development
- Risk Management
Senior Compliance Counsel
Prior to joining Hall Benefits Law, Scott Santerre worked as an ERISA attorney and as in-house counsel with well-known insurance companies in their ERISA legal departments, including New York Life and Standard Insurance Company. During his 11-plus years in the ERISA space, he has assisted his companies’ clients, maintaining compliance with IRS and DOL regulations, drafting and maintaining retirement plan documents and amendments, and he was the lead attorney for reviewing and advising on Qualified Domestic Relations Orders and preparing submissions to the DOL for correcting late remittance of deferrals and loan repayments.
Elverine (Rena) Felton
Senior ERISA Compliance Counsel
Elverine (Rena) Felton is an ERISA attorney with over a decade of employee benefits law experience. Rena primarily focuses on employer-sponsored retirement and welfare plans and advises clients on related issues and regulatory matters. She also advises clients on maintaining compliance with ERISA, the Retirement Equity Act, IRS and other federal laws by reviewing and analyzing plan provisions and how those provisions were being operationalized. Rena also helps large companies resolve group health plan compliance issues related to federal laws such as COBRA, HIPAA, cafeteria plans, and Health Care Reform. In addition, Rena ensures clients’ plan documents are compliant with the most recent regulations and focuses on compliance with ERISA, the Retirement Equity Act, IRS and other federal laws (HIPAA, ACA and welfare plans) by reviewing and analyzing plan provisions and how those provisions are internally operationalized.
- SHRM-Atlanta Member: Complimentary
- Non-Member: $30
Re-certification Credit*: (1) HRCI General Credit and (1) PDC SHRM Credit
Who should attend:
HR Professionals, Business Leaders, People Managers