Satisfying Employee Benefits Plan Disclosure, Notice, and Election Requirements

Actions for Plan Administrators, DOL Guidance, Safe Harbors, and Fiduciary Liability

A live 90-minute premium CLE webinar with interactive Q&A


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, October 30, 2020

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This CLE webinar will provide employee benefits attorneys guidance on current rules and requirements for plan disclosures, notices, and elections. The panel will discuss disclosures and reporting requirements for ERISA plans, critical issues for health and welfare plans, use of electronic media, recent DOL guidance, and other essential items to ensure compliance.

Description

ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) place numerous disclosure, notice, and election requirements for employee benefit plans. This year, the DOL and IRS issued several regulations and additional guidance due to the pandemic. Employee benefits counsel and plan administrators must recognize key issues relating to required disclosures, notices, and elections and implement methods to ensure compliance.

The DOL and IRS have issued joint notices and guidance for plan administrators throughout 2020, providing relief for deadlines and other areas impacting employee benefit plans. As the country looks forward to some normalcy, plan administrators need to review their practices and avoid missteps for distributing plan disclosures and notices and for obtaining elections. Any failure to adhere to compliance requirements can result in significant penalties.

Listen as our panel of experienced ERISA practitioners examines recent regulations and guidance impacting employee benefit plans. The panel will give special attention to strategies for ensuring compliance with plan disclosures, notices, and elections under ERISA and IRC. The panel will also offer drafting techniques for plan documents that comply with ERISA and DOL requirements while avoiding potential challenges from plan participants.

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Outline

  1. ERISA requirements
    1. Written plan documents
    2. SPDs for plan participants
    3. Penalties for noncompliance
  2. Challenges for disclosure, notice, and elections
    1. Electronic media
    2. EBSA disaster relief
    3. DOL guidance and safe harbors
  3. Best practices and next steps for plan sponsors and administrators

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What types of employee welfare benefit plans are subject to ERISA reporting and disclosure requirements, and what are the penalties for failing to comply?
  • What are the administrative challenges and solutions for plan disclosures, notices, and elections?
  • What guidance and safe harbors have been provided by the DOL?
  • What are next steps for plan sponsors and administrators to ensure compliance?

Faculty

Jara, José
José M. Jara

Partner
Archer

Mr. Jara has over 20 years of ERISA and employee benefits experience, ranging from governmental compliance,...  |  Read More

Safra, Seth
Seth J. Safra

Partner
Proskauer Rose

Mr. Safra advises clients on compensation and benefit programs. His experience covers a broad range of retirement plan...  |  Read More

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