The Virtual 2021 Employee Benefits Law Update is conducted live in an instructor-led, virtual environment.  Attendees participate in three 90-minute sessions for two consecutive days.  Each registered participant will have access to extensive materials and real-world case studies, online discussion boards with direct access to faculty members and recorded sessions for a full year after completion of the program.


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 instroduction of new legislation, 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 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.

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2020 Employee Benefits Law Update

Cost: $1,575


Online (credit card or bill your employer)

No sessions are currently scheduled.  You can purchase the seminar on demand by registering on this page.


Important note – While participants are asked to participate in all live sessions, we realize that may not always be possible.  For this reason, all sessions will be available on an on-demand basis within 24 hours if you miss a live presentation.


9 PDCs for SHRM and 9 hours of credit for HRCI

*This program also allows for CLE credit.  Please call or email if would like more information.


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 for many states.


Please note: Because if the dynamic changes taking place in employee benfits law, IAML will make every effort to ensure that the program content presented is timely and includes all new significant developments.  Therefore, we reserve the right to modify the curriculum and/or instructors when such changes are deemed beneficial.  2021 topics will include:

  • Providing employee benefits in the COVID-19 era – Health & Welfare plans

Between Executive Orders, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), and the CARES Act, group health plans are facing new benefit mandates and compliance challenges. Topics include:

  • Mandatory coverage changes to group health plans, both temporary and permanent
  • The changing landscape of the telehealth industry
  • Furloughs, lay-offs, and continuation of coverage issues during unpaid leave
  • New COBRA Notice released, potential for COBRA premium subsidy
  • Reimbursement of over-the-counter medications
  • Eligibility for life and disability insurance during layoffs – life insurance conversion
  • Providing employee benefits in the COVID-19 era – Retirement plans

The CARES Act provides some administrative and financial relief for plan sponsors and relaxes employees’ access to retirement funds. Topics include:

  • Reducing or suspending discretionary matching or nonelective contributions
  • Temporary reductions to safe harbor contributions due to COVID-19 economic loss
  • Expansion of In service distribution rules (loans and hardship withdrawals)
  • Suspension of minimum distribution requirements
  • Delayed payments to single-employer plans
  • Impact of Economic Downturn on DC Retirement Plans
  • Other benefits implications due to COVID-19
    • Tax free payments under Section 139 – qualified disaster relief payments
    • Employer sponsored student loan repayment
  • COVID-19 Relief for benefit-related deadlines
    • HIPAA special enrollment, COBRA, appeals, external reviews
    • Plan amendments as required by CARES Act, Form 5500, DOL guidance on relaxation of ERISA fiduciary requirements



  • The SECURE Act – the sweeping changes made to the retirement plan landscape in December 2019 was the hottest topic in the market prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include:
    • Pooled Employer Plans (also the small pre-SECURE Act extension to Association plans)
    • Part-time Eligibility
    • Expansion of 401(k) Safe Harbors
    • Changes to Distribution Rules
    • Expanded Employer Tax Credits for Small Business
    • Increased Penalties for Failure to File
    • Other changes
  • Nondiscrimination Testing Basics
    • The potential impact of COVID-19 on nondiscrimination testing
  • Issues in HIPAA Compliance
    • OCR Phase 2 audits with focus on Business Associates such as health plan sponsors
    • Breach reporting / hacking and other cybersecurity
  • Defined Contribution Healthcare plans
    • ICHRAs and Excepted Benefits HRAs (repeal of Cadillac tax)
    • Fear of ACA repeal and states creating state individual mandates
  • ERISA Lawsuits – Hot Topics for Plan Sponsors
    • Excessive Fees and Breach of Fiduciary Duties lawsuits proliferate
    • Fiduciary duties and cybersecurity – Abbott / Alight (administrator)
    • Intel loses ERISA lawsuit over 3-year statute of limitations, increased lawsuits?
  • 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.

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.


IAML’s faculty is a veritable “who’s who” of leading attorneys 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 annd shares our focus of ensuring the highest quality training programs available.

“The knowledge of the presenters and content covered were top notch, as always.  I am always appreciative to have such a quality source of current information to help me do my job.”

Brandon Minner, PHR

Human Resources Manager, General Dynamics C4 Systems

“Always enjoy this seminar.  It really means a lot to fully trust the information from these wonderful instructors.  We, as HR professionals, are very fortunate for their participation.”

Sharon Moran

Senior Benefits Administrator, Salt River Materials Group


IAML is confident you are going to find this program to be highly beneficial and a fantastic use of your training budget.   If, for any reason, you are not completely satisfied, we will refund your tuition costs.

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