The Virtual 2020 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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Summer Program

June 17 – 18, 2020

June 17, 2020 – 11 am EST – 1 pm EST (30 minute break) 1:30 pm EST – 3:30 pm EST
June 18, 2020 – 11 am EST – 1 pm EST (30 minute break) 1:30 pm EST – 3:30 pm EST

Important note – While participants are asked to participate in all livesessions, 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.



Full Program – 13 PDCs for SHRM and 13 hours of credit for HRCI

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


2020 Employee Benefits Law Update

Cost: $1,575


Online (credit card or bill your employer)

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.  2020 topics will include:

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 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

  • Which Health & Welfare plans must comply
  • Basic operating rules
  • What to do if you fail

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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