CERTIFICATE IN EMPLOYEE BENEFITS LAW SEMINAR

The Certificate in Employee Benefits Law Seminar is a 4½ day program that is designed to be the most comprehensive and practical seminar available in its field. The seminar covers employee benefits issues that arise in the design and administration of employee benefit plans, the management of their assets, controversies between plan sponsors, trustees, participants and the numerous government agencies that regulate these plans. The accelerating changes in the legal environment, coupled with the complex, technical nature of the laws and regulations and increasing governmental scrutiny, make it extremely difficult to keep current in this field.

This seminar addresses this need by providing participants with insights into the many regulations, laws and their requirements, the governmental agencies which administer and enforce those laws, and the litigation and court opinions resulting from the enforcement efforts of these agencies, as well as private causes of action to enforce the provisions of these laws. The goal of this seminar is to improve the participant’s ability to identify and limit risks to their organization in dealing with employee benefit plans and to provide “best practices” insights. The program is sponsored and designed by the Institute for Applied Management & Law, Inc. in consultation with attorneys from leading law firms who regularly advise and represent a broad range of plan sponsors and plan fiduciaries in their dealings with employee benefit plans.

The 4½ day Certificate in Employee Benefits Law Seminar is designed to give participants the practical information they need to be more effective professionals. This is accomplished by providing the following:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the requirements of federal and state laws and regulations relating to the administration of employee benefit plans and the management of their assets and how they affect plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries, and plan service providers.
  • The basic skills to administer employee benefit plans and manage their assets pursuant to the current requirements of the law, to recognize and avoid problem areas and to cope with regulatory requirements, to respond appropriately to compliance complaints, and to minimize the possibility of expensive and time-consuming litigation.
  • Information regarding current regulatory, litigation, and legislative developments and trends in the employee benefits field which will enable participants to make important contributions to the administration and management of employee benefit plans performed by their organizations, and to anticipate and cope with the ever-emerging regulatory and enforcement developments in these critical areas.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar.  I really appreciated that the instructors allowed participants to ask questions and work through our issues and concerns.”

Sherry Murphy

Lead HR Business Partner, Barrick Gold of North America, Inc.

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Seminar Tuition: $2,375

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The Certificate in Employee Benefits Law Seminar is divided into three separate “blocks”.  You can choose to attend a single block or all three.  Please remember, to earn a certificate you must complete all three blocks within a two year period.

Block 1 - Retirement Plans (Monday - Tuesday)

Overview of the Statutes and Regulatory Agencies Governing Retirement Plans

  • The Alphabet of Laws (ERISA, ADA, COBRA, FMLA, GATT, USERRA, HIPAA and EGTRRA) and agencies (IRS, DOL, EBSA, PBGC, EEOC, SEC and HCFA)
  • ERISA Title I and Title II and the division of authority between the IRS, the Department of Labor and the PBGC
  • Overview of plan types and qualification requirements

Fiduciary Rules and Investing Plan Assets

  • Overview of prohibited transactions, exemptions, penalties and corrections
  • Participant investment direction-Is 404(c) worth all the trouble?
  • Participant investment direction in an up and down market
  • When investments go bad, who is liable?
  • Plan fiduciaries, cofiduciary liability and the liability of service providers
  • Paying expenses from plan assets
  • Why is the DOL so interested in proxy voting?
  • The lessons being learned from Enron
  • Investment of education versus advice

Nondiscrimination Testing for Retirement Plans

  • Overview of nondiscrimination testing of participation, benefits, and contributions
  • Controlled groups rules
  • Highly compensated employee definition
  • Coverage rules (Code Section 410(b)), including QSLOBs
  • Nondiscriminatory Contributions (Code Section 401(a)(4))
  • Safeharbors and general rules for contributions
  • Testing benefits, rights, and features
  • Cross testing and age weighted profit sharing plans
  • 401(k) and 401(m) testing and safe harbor plans
  • Dealing with failed 401(k) and 401(m) testing

Plan Administration

  • Day-to-Day challenges of plan administration
  • Participant loans
  • QDROs
  • Salary deferrals and catch-up contributions
  • Paperless administration
  • Sarbanes-Oxley and blackout periods
  • ERISA Section 204(h) notices
  • Suspension of benefits provisions

Plan Distributions

  • When can participants take money out of the plan?
  • Withholding and rollovers
  • Consent rules
  • Joint and survivor rules
  • Hardship distributions
  • Code Section 411(d)(6) Anti-cutback rules and elimination of distribution methods
  • Minimum required distributions at age 70½
  • Retroactive annuity starting dates

Plan Audits and IRS and DOL Voluntary Compliance Programs

  • Plan Qualification: What is it?
  • What happens if a plan is disqualified?
  • IRS audit targets
  • Correcting errors under IRS compliance programs
  • Correcting errors discovered by IRS in an audit
  • Late forms filing and how to resolve
  • Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program
  • Compliance audits/compliance controls

Early Retirement Incentive Programs

  • Designing the program to achieve goals
  • Designing the program to comply with ADEA waiver rules
  • Designing to comply with 401(a)(4) rules for retirement early windows
  • What the courts are telling us about early retirement windows and ADEA waivers

Government and Nonprofit Employers – Qualified and Nonqualified Plans

  • Who is the employer? How controlled group rules apply to government and nonprofit employees
  • Qualification standards for government plans
  • Code Section 403(b) plans-contribution limits and IRS audit and voluntary correction programs
  • Eligible and Ineligible Code Section 457 plans
Block 2 - Benefits Plan Claims, Appeals & Litigation (Wednesday)

ERISA Compliance

  • Learn which plans ERISA covers
  • How to deal with state law requirements
  • Plan documentation and reporting obligations to participants and the government
  • Administering benefit claims
  • Making your administrative decisions bullet-proof
  • Managing your plans to mitigate the risk of fiduciary liability under ERISA
  • Learn about new ERISA developments and how they impact your plan
  • Understanding and satisfying fiduciary obligations
  • Identifying and investing plan assets
  • Protecting your plan’s right to reimbursement
  • Avoiding the anti-cutback rule

ERISA Litigation Advantages

ERISA Litigation Hot Topics

Block 3 - Welfare Benefits Plan Issues (Thursday - Friday)

ERISA Compliance for Health & Welfare (H&W) Plans: A Hands-On Discussion for Employers and Plan Administrators

  • Which welfare plans are subject to ERISA
  • Reporting requirements (Form 5500)
  • Disclosure requirements (SPD, SMM, etc.)
  • Electronic SPDs
  • Plan funding rules
  • Trust requirements
  • What funds are plan assets
  • Cafeteria plan trust moratorium
  • Fiduciary Obligations
  • Prohibited transaction issues
  • DOL claim procedure requirements
  • ERISA 510 claims
  • Impact of ERISA on claims litigation
  • Preemption and state law regulation
Health Care Reform: A Walk Through of Compliance Requirements Every Employer Needs to Know
  • Introduction to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Compliance Mandates
  • Play or Pay and the Employer Obligation to Extend Health Coverage
  • Cadillac tax and How to Avoid It
HIPAA Privacy Overview
  • Privacy issues for health plan sponsors
  • Business associate contract requirements
The H & W Plan Alphabet
  • Impact of employment nondiscrimination laws on H & W benefits
  • Age Discrimination (ADEA)
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Military leave (USERRA)
  • QMCSOs
  • Health plan mandates
  • Mental Health Parity
  • Medicare Secondary
  • Cancer Rights Act
Cafeteria Plan Issues
  • Cafeteria plan basics
  • Which benefits can be pre-taxed
  • Who can participate
  • The irrevocable election rule and change in status exceptions
  • Health and Dependent Care FSAs
  • Which expenses qualify
  • Claim substantiation rules
  • Transit/Parking Plans
Introduction to Private Exchanges and Consumer Driven Health Care
  • Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
  • Introduction to HRA rollover accounts
  • What’s a Private Exchange and Why Do I Need One
Discrimination Testing Basics
  • Which H & W plans must comply
  • Basic operating rules
  • What to do if you fail
COBRA
  • COBRA basics
  • What the courts are telling us
  • Forms and procedures

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Learn more about the seminar.

IAML’s faculty is a veritable “who’s who” of leading attorneys and consultants with excellent academic credentials and extensive real world experience.  Each member has enjoyed high ratings for their presentation skills and is an industry thought leader who inspires and shares our focus of ensuring the highest quality training programs available.

Ashley Gillihan, Esq.
Counsel at Alston & Bird LLP

John R. Hickman, Esq.
Partner at Alston & Bird LLP

H. Douglas Hinson, Esq.
Counsel at Alston & Bird LLP

Thomas P. Schendt, Esq.
Partner at Alston & Bird LLP

Dominic DeMatties, Esq.
Partner at Alston & Bird LLP

Leah Singleton, Esq.
Counsel at Thompson Hine LLP

“Great job!  The information will assist me and my company in effectively administering our employee benefits.”

Julie O’Dell-Michie

Sr. Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation

“The instructors did a great job of keeping the participants engaged while covering material that could have been very dry.”

Steven W. Pennell, PHR, SHRM-CP

Human Resources Director, Talent & Technology, Shurtape Technologies, LLC

SHRM has pre-approved this seminar for Professional Development Credits (PDCs) toward SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠ Certifications.

IAML is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® has pre-approved these programs towards aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification.

IAML certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the minimum continuing legal education rules and regulations of the states listed below.

 

Credit hours are based on attendance in the full 4½ day seminar. For credit information for partial program attendance or if you don’t see what you’re looking for, please email us or call 949-760-1700.

Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)

The Institute for Applied Management & Law, Inc. is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.  This 4½ day program has been approved for 29.75 PDCs.

HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

This 4½ day program has been approved for 29.75 HR recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Continuing legal education (additional fees for CLE application and/or reporting fees may apply):
Alaska

Alaska Bar members may claim credit for attendance at CLE programs offered in or from other jurisdictions if the program has been accredited by another CLE jurisdiction (which includes California.) The State Bar of California has approved this 4½ day seminar for 29.75 hours.

Arizona

The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This 4½ day activity may qualify for up to 29.5hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.

Arkansas

The Supreme Court of Arkansas Office of Professional Programs has approved this 4½ day seminar for 29.75 hours.

California

This 4½ day activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credits by the State Bar of California in the amount of 29.75 credit hours. IAML certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum, continuing legal education.

Florida

Florida Bar members may claim credit for attendance at CLE programs offered in or from other jurisdictions if the program has been accredited by another MCLE jurisdiction (which includes California.) This 4½ day seminar has been approved by the State Bar of California for 29.75 hours. Florida credits are based on a 50-minute hour, therefore this course is eligible for 36.0 MCLE credit hours.

Hawaii

Attorneys licensed in Hawaii who attend a course that has been approved for credit by a Hawaii State Bar approved jurisdiction (which includes California) may claim the CLE credits from the course or activity without seeking prior Board approval for the course or activity. This 4½ day seminar has been approved by the State Bar of California for 29.75 hours. 

Maine

Maine attorneys are eligible to receive 29.75 credit hours for this 4½ day seminar through Maine’s reciprocity provision that allows credit hours for courses or activities approved by another MCLE state (which includes California) and certified by that state’s CLE regulatory authority will be accepted for identical credit by the Board of Overseers of the Bar in Maine.

Mississippi

The Mississippi Commission on CLE has approved this 4½ day seminar for 18 MCLE credit hours.

Missouri

This 4½ day course has been approved by the Missouri State Bar for 35.4 hours.

New Hampshire

NHMCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the New Hampshire MCLE requirement. IAML believes this 4½ day course meets the requirements of New Hampshire Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for 1785 minutes (29.75 hours) toward the annual NHMCLE requirement. New Hampshire attendees must self-determine whether a program is eligible for credit, and self-report their attendance.

New Jersey

Attorneys licensed in New Jersey who attend an out-of-state CLE course that has been approved for credit by a New Jersey State Bar approved jurisdiction (which includes California) may claim the CLE credits from the course or activity without seeking prior Board approval for the course or activity. This 4½ day seminar has been approved by the State Bar of California for 29.75 hours. 

New York

An attorney completing an eligible Approved Jurisdiction course  (which includes California) may claim 36.0 hours of New York CLE credit in accordance with the requirements of the Program Rules, Regulations and Guidelines. This 4½ day seminar has been approved by the State Bar of California.

North Carolina

This 4½ day course has been submitted to the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education for 29.75 hours.

Ohio

This 4½ day course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 29.75 hours.

Pennsylvania

This 4½ day activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Pennsylvania in the amount of 29.5 credit hours. IAML certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of Pennsylvania governing minimum continuing legal education.

Tennessee

This Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education & Specialization has approved this 4½ day seminar for 29.75 credit hours.

Vermont

This 4½ day course has been submitted to the Vermont Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners for 29.75 credit hours.

Wisconsin

This 4½ day course has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners for 36.0 credit hours.

If you do not see your state listed here, please contact us to ask about getting your state approved. IAML requests 45 days prior notification that you wish such credit.  An additional charge for CLE application and/or reporting fees may be required.

YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED

We're confident you're going to find this program to be highly beneficial and a fantastic use of your training budget!   If, for any reason, you aren't completely satisfied, we will reimburse your tuition costs.

The fee for the full 4½ day Certificate in Employee Benefits Law Seminar is $2,375.

The fee includes extensive, specially prepared seminar materials, coffee breaks, and a reception the first day. (Breakfast/lunch/dinner are on your own.) Registration fees for those wishing to enroll in only portions of the seminar are:

  • Block I: $1,050 (2 days)
  • Block II: $550 (1 day)
  • Block III: $950 (1 ½  days)

While registrations may be accepted within the two weeks prior to the beginning of the seminar, we suggest that you call IAML to confirm space availability.

Are you eligible for a discount?

Once an organization has registered a representative for any of the full, 4½ day Certificate in Employee Benefits Law Seminars, subsequent registrants from the same organization who attend any IAML seminar or conference are entitled to a discount. A $200 discount will be given for each subsequent 4½ day registrant. A $50 discount will be given for each subsequent partial program registrant.

To receive the discount, participants need not attend the same location or date. Discounts must be requested at the time of registration and are not combinable with other discount offers.

Very attractive discounts are available to organizations which send 5 or more participants to IAML seminars in any 12 month period. Participants do not necessarily need to attend the seminar at the same location or time.

WHICH LOCATION WORKS BEST WITH YOUR SCHEDULE?

Las Vegas, Nevada
October 21 - 25, 2019

Seminar Schedule & Faculty

Block I – Retirement Plans
Leah Singleton, Esq., Counsel at Thompson Hine, LLP
October 21-22, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Block II – Special Employee Benefits Issues
George F. Cicotte, Esq., Founder of the Cicotte Law Firm
October 23, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Block III – Welfare Benefit Plan Issues
John R. Hickman, Esq., Partner at Alston & Bird, LLP
October 24, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

October 25, 2019
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

 

*We reserve the right to change instructors when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.

Location Information

Planet Hollywood Exterior at nightPlanet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino

3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
866-919-7472

 

Planet Hollywood is filled with star attractions—and not just the movie kind. Dozens of restaurants and nightspots. The best live music on the Strip.  The expansive Spa by Mandara. And not one, but two enormous swimming pools. Everything is spectacular at Planet Hollywood.  Go on an all-out, Las Vegas shopping spree at Miracle Mile Shops, featuring the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Located inside Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, the 1.2 mile retail mecca is beyond amazing. Here, you can have your retail therapy and a workout.  Dining options include Buffalo Wild Wings, Cabo Wabo® Cantina, PBR Rock Bar & Grill, Pampas Brazilian Grill and more great Las Vegas restaurants.  The Planet Hollywood Pools have changed the Las Vegas scene with the addition of the Strip’s first-everFlowRider Wave-in-a-Box Double.  Beyond what most waterparks typically offer, the FlowRider Wave-in-a-Box Double sharpens a variety of board-sport skills – surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, skimboarding, skateboarding. In no time, riders go from bodyboards to standing up on flowboards to doing kickflips, aerials and other tricks.

IAML’s discounted room rate is $129.00 + $37.00 resort fee + 13.38% room tax per night
Discounted room rate available until September 20 or when sold out*
Reservations:

 

 

*We reserve the right to change seminar venue when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.

Atlanta, Georgia
April 20 - 24, 2020

Seminar Schedule & Faculty

Block I – Retirement Plans
Leah Singleton, Esq., Counsel at Thompson Hine, LLP
April 20-21, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Block II – Special Employee Benefits Issues
George F. Cicotte, Esq., Founder of the Cicotte Law Firm
April 22, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Block III – Welfare Benefit Plan Issues
John R. Hickman, Esq., Partner at Alston & Bird, LLP
April 23, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

April 24, 2020
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

 

*We reserve the right to change instructors when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.

Location Information

Orlando, Florida
July 13 - 17, 2020

Seminar Schedule & Faculty

Block I – Retirement Plans
Leah Singleton, Esq., Counsel at Thompson Hine, LLP
July 13-14, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Block II – Special Employee Benefits Issues
George F. Cicotte, Esq., Founder of the Cicotte Law Firm
July 15, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Block III – Welfare Benefit Plan Issues
John R. Hickman, Esq., Partner at Alston & Bird, LLP
July 16, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

July 17, 2020
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

 

*We reserve the right to change instructors when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.

Location Information

Las Vegas, Nevada
October 5 - 9, 2020

Seminar Schedule & Faculty

Block I – Retirement Plans
Leah Singleton, Esq., Counsel at Thompson Hine, LLP
October 5-6, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Block II – Special Employee Benefits Issues
George F. Cicotte, Esq., Founder of the Cicotte Law Firm
October 7, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Block III – Welfare Benefit Plan Issues
John R. Hickman, Esq., Partner at Alston & Bird, LLP
October 8, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

October 9, 2020
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

 

*We reserve the right to change instructors when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.

Location Information

Harrah’s Las Vegas
3475 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada
702-369-5000

Located in the very center of the famous Las Vegas Strip, Harrah’s promises a friendly and welcoming atmosphere where your every need is given priority status. Harrah’s features seven outstanding restaurants, a sparkling outdoor pool, a luxurious spa, state-of-the-art health club, a unique variety of retail options, and, of course, entertainment. Harrah’s also has a monorail station located on site that provides easy access to other resorts along the Strip.

IAML’s Discounted Group Rate is $65.00 + $30 resort fee per night

Group rate available until September 14, 2020 or when sold out*

For reservations, call the hotel at 866-317-1829.

Get information from the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Bureau

*We reserve the right to change seminar venue when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.