2020 Employee Benefits Law Update – 17th Annual Advanced Seminar, Law Offices of Alston & Bird, Monday, 28. September 2020

This two-day Employee Benefits Law Update provides a thorough update which analyzes up-to-the-minute issues and developments along with their real-world impact and the impact of recent changes, directives, and regulations. As a result of new developments and court decisions; intensified scrutiny by enforcement agencies; dramatic increases in benefits-related litigation; and severe liabilities for missteps, the information presented in these seminars is as timely as it is critical.

Learn the critical employee benefits issues facing U.S. employers in these dramatically changing times.
Discover what issues the agencies are auditing and how best to prepare your team for in-depth scrutiny.
Learn how to assess the viability of new benefit offerings (onsite clinics, telehealth, and account-based plans) and whether they make sense for your organization.

The seminar has been approved for 13 aPHR, PHR, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification credit hours.
This seminar has been approved for California and Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education credit for 13 CLE hours. Contact IAML to determine if your state has approved this seminar for MCLE credit.
Washington Update: What's New? Recent Guidance and Current Employee Benefit Projects
Qualified Plans

Identifying Plan Errors and Developing Solutions to the Errors
Implementation of Best Practices - Corporate Governance Standards in Employee Plan Administration
Employee Plan Fiduciaries: Why You are One, What Your Duties Are, What Your Liability is
Trimming Your Employee Plan Administration Expense Budget - What Expenses Can You Charge to Your Plan?
Cost Effective Management of Your Plan's Service Providers: Getting the Services You Pay For and are Entitled to Receive
Implementation of an Employee Plan Compliance Calendar

Identifying Plan Errors and Developing Solutions to the Errors
Focus on both IRS and Department of Labor guidance that addresses correcting plan errors including a case study analysis of the voluntary compliance programs that both the IRS and DOL administer. An analysis of the multiple types of correction methods as well as the venue appropriate for the particular error will be analyzed.
IRS and DOL Audits: How to Manage
Focus on the practical and legal aspects of managing an audit by either the DOL or the IRS. Included in this discussion will be specific areas the DOL is currently concerned with.
Plan Administrators: Enhancing Communication and Avoiding Pitfalls
Focus on various administrative functions with respect to employee benefit plans including a detailed discussion of electronic plan administration guidance and other recent developments.
When the Auditors Come Knocking:  Top 10 Health Plan Traps to Avoid in 2020
The last year has seen a significant increase in agency audit activity with the DOL and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) leading the way. This session will help you identify and avoid the top 10 exposure items we see in agency investigations under the ACA, the Mental Health Parity Act (MHPAEA), wellness programs and ERISA. We will also focus on increased OCR investigations related to data breach (including the rise of email hacking incidents) under HIPAA.
Health Care Reform Compliance Boot Camp
Now that the dust has settled, what plan changes and compliance risks exist, and how can exposure be limited? Latest update on Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules and regulations. Compliance initiatives for play or pay and avoiding the so-called "Cadillac" tax.
Defined Contribution Healthcare in a Post-ACA World: Private Exchange Compliance Issues and Opportunities
Now that the agencies have issued new HRA regulations significantly expanding employer options, many employers are looking for ways to fix their health care contribution obligation while continuing to offer an array of valuable coverage options to employees. What tax and benefits compliance issues arise? Can employers offer health coverage through individual policies? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a fully insured versus a self-funded exchange? Will a private exchange arrangement satisfy the ACA requirements (including the employer "pay or play" obligation)? This session focuses on the compliance aspects of private exchange arrangements with an emphasis on what can be done today, and what legislative or regulatory changes must be made to fully realize the benefits of a defined contribution approach.
Deja-vu all over again: The Brave New World of Onsite Clinics
What compliance issues and traps arise in connection with onsite clinics.  Potential impact on HSAs and health care reform implications.
HIPAA Compliance and Big Data Breach:  How to Limit Your Exposure
We all know the rules (we think) but what do you do when a data breach occurs.  Walk through real-life data breaches and resolution.
Wellness Programs and Disease Management: Overcoming Legal Compliance Hurdles
As the popularity of wellness, disease management and health risk assessment programs continues to grow, many employers have overlooked the many legal compliance issues that may arise in connection with a successful program. Hidden compliance costs associated with the "carrots" and "sticks" need to be considered. Also, are "mandatory" participation requirements allowed? What about smoker rate differentials? Attendees of this session will be able to identify and avoid potential compliance traps under the ACA wellness regulations, under HIPAA's non-discrimination and privacy requirements, the Americans with Disabilities Act and COBRA.
Discrimination Testing Basics

Which H & W plans must comply
Basic operating rules
What to do if you fail

Are there discounted room rates at the seminar hotel? Yes. These rooms are available on a first-come, first served basis. The discounted rate will always expire 45 days prior to the program start date, or when sold out, whichever comes first. If you attempt to make a hotel reservation and the group rate is no longer available, please call IAML, we may be able to assist you with arrangements.
When will I receive confirmation of program registration? Confirmations are sent via e-mail, usually within 48 hours of receipt of your registration.
What are the seminar hours? 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
What is the dress code? Business attire is not necessary. We recommend that you dress casually and comfortably and anticipate varied temperatures in the meeting rooms.
Will I receive a Certificate of Completion? Yes, if you complete both days you will receive a certificate approximately four weeks after the seminar ends.
Can I earn Continuing Education Credit? Yes, this seminar has been approved for 13 credit hours by the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management. You can submit your seminar attendance to a variety of other organizations such as IFEBP and WorldatWork.
Is homework assigned or are tests given during the seminar? No.
Are there group events or entertainment? No, but IAML does host a reception after the first day of the program. This provides you with an opportunity to chat with your colleagues, instructor(s) and IAML representatives. Your evening hours and travel days are your own to enjoy in the many exciting locations at which programs are held.
Does the registration fee include travel, food or lodging? Your registration fee includes a specially prepared manual; coffee and soft drink breaks; and a reception the first evening. You are responsible for your own travel, lodging, meals and incidental expenses.
What is the cancellation policy? Participants will receive a full refund of their registration fee if they contact IAML and Evenbrite.com at least two weeks prior to the seminar start date.
Can I transfer to a different seminar location or date after I've registered for a program? Yes, providing you contact IAML and Eventbrite at least two weeks in advance of the seminar start date. Transfers requested less than two weeks will be assessed a $150.00 fee.
Can one of my associates substitute for me if I am unable to attend? Yes, please call IAML with the substitution information as soon as possible.
Can we have this seminar delivered at our location? Yes. IAML offers customized on-site training seminars. For more information, please review our website () or call us at 949-760-1700.

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