Compliance for Your Employee Benefit Plans: What Employers Need to Know

2018 Employment Law & Legislative Conference
Learn the compliance obligations under the IRS, the Department of Labor, ERISA and the ACA related to employee benefit plans.

Since health care reform was passed in 2010, ensuring compliance with ever-changing and complex employee benefit laws has become a challenge for many HR departments. Government agencies have begun auditing employee benefit plans to ensure that employers are meeting their compliance responsibilities. Employers have a legal obligation to comply with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the federal law governing employee benefits, and to provide certain information to plan participants. One hundred percent of the Employee Benefits Security Administration fines assessed in 2014 were related to insufficient documentation of required participant notices. In addition, the reporting and disclosure requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now require employers to track certain benefit information on employees, creating additional work for HR personnel. This session will help you to understand your obligations and why compliance is so important. In this session, you will:

  • Receive a thorough education on the plan document, summary plan description and other notice requirements for employee benefit plans.
  • Learn about the reporting requirements and other compliance obligations under the ACA and how these might change under the proposed repeal and replace bills.
  • Understand the potential liabilities involved with noncompliance and the increase in audits by the government of employee benefit plans.


Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 9:15am to 10:45am

Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson is a partner with McGregor & Associates, Inc., an employee benefits administration and consulting firm. In her role with McGregor & Associates, Inc. she is responsible for the development strategies and day-to-day operations of the Firm’s division devoted to the Affordable Care Act, flexible benefits, COBRA and other health and welfare benefit compliance issues. Ms. Johnson has over 17 years of technical expertise and is a frequent speaker at industry events. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Kentucky University and is a graduate of Leadership Lexington, a leadership program in Kentucky that offers individuals in the community the opportunity to broaden perspectives and strengthen leadership skills. Ms. Johnson has served as president of both the Central Kentucky Association of Health Underwriters and the Lexington Employee Benefits Council. She is Certified in Flexible Compensation through the Employers Council of Flexible Compensation and is a Chartered Benefit Consultant through The National Association of Alternative Benefit Consultants.
Location: Mount Vernon Square
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Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
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