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This seminar is designed as a timely, thorough and highly enjoyable update which analyzes sophisticated, up-to-the-minute issues and developments along with their real-world impact. The seminar explores the highly complex benefits challenges you face and provides techniques for managing and solving the problems, liabilities and contradictions they can pose. A talented team of attorneys will present these dynamic seminars.
With the intensified scrutiny by enforcement agencies, dramatic increases in benefits-related litigation, and the potential for severe liabilities for missteps, the information presented is as timely as it is critical. Designed as an annual update for past IAML Certificate in Employee Benefits LawSM Seminar participants, attorneys and other experienced employee benefits professionals, the seminar will be one of the most professionally important and satisfying programs you can attend. Take advantage of IAML's experience and of this opportunity to become fully updated, to meet your colleagues from around the country, to empower your career, and to improve your job performance and your effectiveness in your organization.
The ADVANCED seminar will be beneficial to participants who have a good foundation of knowledge in employee benefits law and need an update on recent significant developments. This program will be especially worthwhile for previous participants in IAML's Certificate in Employee Benefits Law Seminar and other experienced employee benefits professionals, human resource professionals and attorneys.
By attending an entire seminar (2 days), participants earn the Advanced Certificate in Employee Benefits Law. This Certificate signifies your commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and continuing education, and will complement your other credentials.
Washington Update: What’s New? Recent Guidance and Current Employee Benefit Projects
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 DOL 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 new ACA wellness regulations, under HIPAA’s non-discrimination and privacy requirements, the Americans with Disabilities Act and COBRA.
Discrimination Testing Basics
IAML Open Forum
So that everyone’s questions can be answered, there will be an “open forum” session that will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions regarding topics that were not covered.
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the dynamic changes taking place in benefits law, IAML will make every effort to ensure that the program content presented is timely and includes all new significant developments in the area of employee benefits law. Therefore, we reserve the right to modify the curriculum when such changes are deemed beneficial.
The Institute for Applied Management & Law, Inc. (IAML) produces practically-oriented seminars, materials and videotapes for professionals requiring timely and accurate information in employment law; employee benefits law; environmental, health and safety law; human resources management; and business administration.
Founded in 1979, IAML is the nation's leading producer of comprehensive employment law seminars. Tens of thousands of professionals have participated in its programs.
Based in Newport Beach, California, IAML works closely with leading law firms and practitioners across the country.