January 2019 Employer Webinar

What Employers Need to Know for 2019: Legislative Updates and Your General Compliance Calendar

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

In 2019, employers are faced with new regulations issued by administrative agencies. This webinar will provide an update of laws and regulations that affect health and welfare benefit plans. This webinar will also discuss an employer's general compliance calendar, including upcoming reporting deadlines, best practices for maintaining documents, and when to distribute notices and conduct plan testing.

This webinar will:

  • Briefly review new legislation and regulations that affect group health plans in 2019
  • Alert employers to the IRS employer shared responsibility penalty assessment letters for the 2016 reporting year
  • Remind employers of the upcoming Form 1094/1095 information return reporting deadlines
  • Discuss the difference between active enrollment and passive enrollment
  • Describe actions that an employer should take after renewal, including distribution of documents (such as the summary plan description, summary of benefits and coverage, or summary of material modification), nondiscrimination testing, and review of contracts to ensure that they match employers' expectations
  • Discuss the timing of reporting and notices, including the Form 5500, summary annual report, ERISA notices, Medicare Part D creditable coverage disclosure, HIPAA notice of privacy practices, and wellness program notice
  • Discuss the timing of the PCORI fee
  • Briefly describe the electronic delivery rules
  • Alert employers to the differences in timing of some disclosures when an employer is using a calendar year or a non-calendar plan year
  • Discuss best practices for tracking notice distribution, including document retention periods

This 60-minute intermediate level webinar will provide employers with a legislative update and a summary of compliance tasks and deadlines for 2019.

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Lorie Maring

Chelsea Deppert



Lorie Maring is a partner in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Fisher Phillips. She focuses her practice in the areas of employee benefits, the Affordable Care Act, and executive compensation. She routinely advises employers, trade associations and employee benefit insurance and risk management consultants on issues arising under ERISA, HIPAA, the Internal Revenue Code and other state and federal laws impacting the design, implementation and ongoing compliance of employee benefit plans and programs, including association health plans. Lorie has been a part of the Atlanta legal community for 27 years and is a graduate of the College of Charleston and University of South Carolina School of Law.

Chelsea Deppert is an associate in the firm's Atlanta office. She provides practical guidance to employers on the technical aspects of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other state and federal laws impacting the design, implementation and ongoing compliance of employee benefit plans and programs. She advises clients with respect to all aspects of employee benefits, including retirement plans, health and other welfare benefit plans.

Chelsea works with employers on a broad array of issues relating to tax qualified retirement plans, such as plan operation, drafting, participant communications, and compliance with ERISA’s fiduciary responsibility provisions. In her practice, she regularly represents employers in curing qualified plan operational issues under the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) and other corrective programs, as well as counsels employers with respect to income and employment tax issues related to employee benefits. Chelsea also advises employers with respect to their obligations under Health Care Reform, ERISA, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other federal laws that regulate health and welfare plans.


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