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Wellness Workout: Cardio for Your Compliance Review

Posted by benefitexpress on June 20, 2017

In the race for top talent, wellness plans are no longer an option, they are a necessity. Like medical insurance and a 401(k), basic wellness benefits are expected by your prospective employees. Learn how to structure a new plan or reform your existing program to optimize employee engagement and regulatory compliance.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Wellness, Webinar

Bracing for (Regulatory) Impact: Your DOL Audit Checklist

Posted by benefitexpress on June 6, 2017

Shifting regulations and contradicting messages on enforcement have employers questioning whether they need to prepare for a DOL audit and what they should be doing.

Learn about: what to do after receiving a notice, how to prepare for an audit, what auditors are looking for, and best practices during a DOL audit.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, Department of Labor (DOL)

[Medi]Caring About Delayed Retirement: A Closer Look at Medicare Strategy

Posted by benefitexpress on May 16, 2017

With questions about millennials dominating our conversations about benefits, it’s easy to forget that the work force is growing from both ends. Baby boomers are delaying retirement while millennials (and even Gen Z) start their careers. As boomers become Medicare eligible, many remain on their employer’s coverage, whether or not that’s the best choice for them.

Get the tools you need to: Navigate paying claims Understand how Medicare interacts with COBRA and other healthcare Lead eligible employees through their options Craft a compliant notification strategy. This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: COBRA, Webinar, Medicare

Regulation GPS: Re-routing Health and Welfare Plans

Posted by benefitexpress on May 2, 2017

The new administration is causing major changes in the benefits industry, with a laser focus on what will become of the Affordable Care Act. Confronted with a litany of new legislation, it’s easy to miss something.

Here's the download of the new laws you need to know to keep your benefits compliant and get the legal take on what this means for benefits and HR. This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Webinar

Family Ties: Unknotting Controlled Group Attributions

Posted by benefitexpress on April 18, 2017

Controlled group attributions are a tricky subject for even seasoned HR pros, which can make it tempting to skip over understanding the rules and hope for the best. However, changes in the Affordable Care Act affect controlled groups perhaps more than any other type of business.

This is your one-hour complete guide to the three types of groups, how they interact, and the types of relationships that most affect your compliance strategy. This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: ERISA, Webinar

Paper to Power Player: Discussion Notes for Online Benefits Enrollment

Posted by benefitexpress on April 11, 2017

When met with the challenge of switching your process from paper to online benefits enrollment, a heap of questions and uncertainties accompany the task.

We had a couple benefitexpress experts - as well as an accomplished resource from the broker arm of benefits - meet to discuss how it really works... and how it could save your money, time, and sanity.

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Topics: Webinar

Independent Contractor or Employee: Avoiding the Game of Guess Who

Posted by benefitexpress on April 5, 2017

Uber is in the news for a multimillion dollar settlement following a dispute over whether their drivers are employees or independent contractors, and they aren’t the only ones. Misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor is one of the costliest mistakes an employer can make.

Sort out which your employees are and learn your options for reclassifying workers in the presentation you literally can’t afford to miss. This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: ERISA, Webinar, EEOC, Department of Labor (DOL)

Open Forum: Achieve Compliance Success in 2017

Posted by benefitexpress on March 21, 2017

As you begin next year’s benefits planning, are you sure your plan satisfies all requirements from the IRS, HHS, DOL, and more?

Come prepped with your benefits details in hand and check off:

  • Common errors in ERISA plans
  • Cafeteria plan pitfalls
  • Structuring your FMLA administration
  • Avoiding mishaps with MEWAs
  • Preparing a compliant COBRA strategy

Get the legal answer for your plan questions in this critical webinar. This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: COBRA, ERISA, Health Plans, Webinar, FMLA

Benefits Strength Test: Flexing the FSA

Posted by benefitexpress on March 7, 2017

FSAs can do some heavy lifting for your benefits plan – they allow employees to save pretax dollars for healthcare costs without the price tag of other financial wellness initiatives. However, many HR professionals lack a deep understanding of the compliance requirements to offer and administer a well-rounded program for their employees.

If ACA is repealed, there will be significant implications for FSAs. Devise your strategy to:

  • Accurately catch employee election changes
  • Manage rollover requirements
  • Determine who pays first – HRA vs FSA
  • Understand COBRA’s impact on an FSA

Get coaching on how to prep now for the legislative impact on FSA administration. This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: COBRA, Flexible Spending Account, Health Plans, Health Reimbursement Account, Webinar

Covert Taxes: Spying Issues in Health & Welfare Benefits

Posted by benefitexpress on February 21, 2017

Avoid a tax season surprise and make sure your benefits are actually beneficial to your employees. It’s time to ensure you’re keeping your plan non-taxable to your employees and tax deductible for you by learning:

  • How to pass the Benefits Test
  • Common pitfalls in nondiscrimination requirements
  • Covered plans beyond basic health and disability insurance
  • The best way to provide tuition assistance to employees

Get your maximum deduction come tax time while maintaining your top-tier benefits with this presentation.


This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Health Plans, Webinar, Welfare

Navigate New Legislation: The Road into 2017

Posted by benefitexpress on February 7, 2017

As new regulations kick in for 2017 and ACA reporting season is coming to a close, review all recent legislative changes. This webinar focuses on what you need to know for your 2017 benefits strategy.

Learn about new legislation from DOL, HHS, IRS, and EEOC. We cover all relevant rulings since our previous webinar and host an interactive Q&A with the audience.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, aca, EEOC, FMLA, DOL

Proving Grounds: Answer the Call with Effective FMLA Administration

Posted by benefitexpress on January 24, 2017

The DOL released a new employer guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act this year, but many employers have unanswered questions. Administrating FMLA is a tricky topic; learn to navigate the regulations with ease.

From major regulatory changes to the day-to-day questions HR and benefit managers have, we cover everything you need to know right now to legally administrate FMLA leave.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, FMLA

Constructing HRA: Blueprints for Solid Administration

Posted by benefitexpress on January 10, 2017

Are you considering using a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to increase employee engagement with your health insurance plan?

Learn the ins and outs of offering a private benefits marketplace for your employees, HRA administration, and the various agencies regulating what can be included in an HRA.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: HIPAA, ERISA, Health Reimbursement Account, Webinar

Intertwined Guidelines: Untangling Your Enrollment Notice Requirement

Posted by benefitexpress on December 28, 2016

The DOL, PPACA, ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA all have separate guidelines for the ACA marketplace notice for initial and open benefit enrollment. Untangle the requirements for your own notice and learn best practices for including the notice seamlessly in your benefits strategy.

The presentation covers what needs to be in the notice as well as rules for delivering the notice to employees.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: HIPAA, COBRA, Webinar, Medicare, Department of Labor (DOL)

2016 ACA (mis)Management: What Everyone's Learned & The Game Plan for 2017

Posted by benefitexpress on December 13, 2016

After our first ACA reporting season, it’s time to regroup and review what we’ve learned for 2016. The IRS is limiting extensions and good faith efforts, raising penalties, and strictly limiting transitional relief.

With higher stakes, we review the changes to ACA reporting for 2016 and common ACA management issues. We also answer questions regarding the ACA employer mandate.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Webinar, Retirement, Welfare

Last-Minute Overtime: What You Need to Know Right Now

Posted by benefitexpress on November 29, 2016

Improperly classifying your employees can lead to millions in back wages and penalties. However, a properly handled transition can keep you in compliance as well as strengthen employee loyalty and engagement.

Training focuses on:

  • Key elements of the new rules; including new minimum salaries and back wages
  • Classification of salaried and hourly employees
  • Transition and Compliance Strategies
  • Employee communication before December 1
  • The impact on employee benefits
  • Employee communication

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, Overtime, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Department of Labor (DOL)

Health Care in 2016

Posted by benefitexpress on November 8, 2016

Review all of the recent releases from government agencies. including: the DOL, HHS, IRS and EEOC.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, EEOC

Health Savings Accounts 101

Posted by benefitexpress on October 25, 2016

Review the requirements for offering HSAs. This will include what coverages must be offered, documentation to be completed, what rules the employer and employee must follow (including HSA employer contribution rules), and commonly made mistakes.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Health Savings Account, Webinar

ERISA 201: Advanced ERISA Compliance Review

Posted by benefitexpress on October 11, 2016

Review all of the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Training will go over which employers have to comply, which benefits are subject to ERISA, what documentation employers must provide, and penalties for noncompliance.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: ERISA, Webinar

Medicare Rule Review: Overview of Secondary Payers

Posted by benefitexpress on September 13, 2016

Learn how the Medicare Secondary Payer Rules impact an employer’s health and welfare plans. This covers which employers are subject, what employers can do to comply, and the penalties that can be imposed for noncompliance.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, Medicare

HIPAA Training: Privacy Review and Audit Survival Guide

Posted by benefitexpress on August 30, 2016

With the HHS conducting HIPAA Privacy Audits, review a checklist of requirements an employer must adopt to survive an audit.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: HIPAA, Webinar

Starting Your Corporate Wellness Program: Ideas for HR Pros

Posted by benefitexpress on August 16, 2016

This webinar reviews all of the requirements that an employer must follow to offer a valid wellness plan. In addition, it covers the new rules released by the EEOC for wellness programs under ADA and GINA.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Wellness, Webinar, EEOC

Dealing with Data Leaks: Creating Your Data Breach Response Plan

Posted by benefitexpress on August 2, 2016

This webinar reviews what steps an employer must take after their IT systems are breached: both state and federal rules regarding employer data breach responses.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, Data

Changes in Overtime Regulations

Posted by benefitexpress on July 12, 2016

This webinar reviews how the changes in FLSA regulations will affect businesses, including which employees are now exempt or nonexempt from overtime pay.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, Overtime

2016 Developments in Health & Welfare Plans

Posted by benefitexpress on June 28, 2016

This webinar reviews the most current developments in Health & Welfare plans.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: HIPAA, Affordable Care Act, Health Plans, Wellness, Health Reimbursement Account, Webinar, Overtime

FLSA Overtime Regulations, HIPAA Training, and Other Webinars Announced by benefitexpress

Posted by benefitexpress on June 13, 2016

Schaumburg, IL -- benefitexpress, the leading middle market, cloud-based platform for employee benefits and health exchange services, has announced a new webinar series that dives into the fundamentals of several key HR and benefits topics for employers including, but not limited to:

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Topics: HIPAA, Press Release, Webinar

The Pros and Cons of Self-Insured vs. Fully Insured

Posted by benefitexpress on June 7, 2016

This webinar reviews which factors an employer should consider in self-insuring and full benefits. It discusses the legal, administrative, and employee issues.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: ERISA, Health Plans, Webinar, PPO

Mid-Year Election Changes Under Cafeteria Plans

Posted by benefitexpress on May 17, 2016

This webinar reviews all of the events that affect employees to change their elections under a cafeteria plan and when/how they apply. All 14 events are discussed.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Cafeteria Plans, Webinar

Determining Full Time Status for ACA

Posted by benefitexpress on May 4, 2016

This webinar covers: the rules in how to determine full time status | large employer status | who is full-time to offer coverage | measurement periods | change in status | the effect on reporting.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Webinar

2016 Developments in HRA Administration: Reviewing Recent IRS Guidance

Posted by benefitexpress on April 20, 2016

This webinar reviews: the recent IRS guidance in HRA administration, when HRAs are free standing, what requirements must be met to be integrated, and HRA reimbursed Medicare premiums.

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Topics: Health Reimbursement Account, Webinar

Issues with COBRA Administration & How to Fix Them

Posted by benefitexpress on April 6, 2016

This webinar reviews the issues and problems with COBRA administration. The discussion includes eligibility payment notice requirement and Medicare.

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Topics: COBRA, Webinar

Administering Health & Welfare Plans: Common Compliance Questions

Posted by benefitexpress on March 15, 2016

This presentation reviews common questions regarding all aspects of administrating welfare plans. The discussion includes topics such as: COBRA | Medicare | Health FSAs | HRAs | ERISA.

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Topics: COBRA, ERISA, Flexible Spending Account, Health Reimbursement Account, Webinar, Medicare

Completing ACA Reporting for Employers With Self-Insured Coverage

Posted by benefitexpress on March 2, 2016

This presentation reviews how to complete Forms 1094-C and 1095-C for employers with self-insured coverage, in addition to: What codes to use in lines 14 and 16 of Form 1095-C | What boxes should be checked on line 22 of Form 1094-C | How Form 1094-C has to be completed if your employer is a member of a controlled group | Reporting for COBRA participants, retirees, and other non-employees for self-insured coverage

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Webinar

Completing ACA Reporting for Employers with Insured Coverage

Posted by benefitexpress on February 16, 2016

This webinar reviews how to complete Forms 1094-C and 1095-C for employers with insured coverage, in addition to: what codes to use in lines 14 and 16 of Form 1095-C | what boxes should be checked on line 22 of Form 1094-C | how Form 1094-C has to be completed if your employer is a member of a controlled group | reporting for COBRA participants, retirees, and other non-employee issues.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Webinar

Getting Ready for 2016 Changes in Health Care Reform

Posted by benefitexpress on January 26, 2016

This webinar covers: compliance with employer mandate | insurance mandates | reporting | excise tax.

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Topics: Webinar, Health Care Reform

Managing 2016 Reporting Regulations

Posted by benefitexpress on January 12, 2016

This webinar covers: information that has to be collected | specific codes to use | pitfalls in completing the forms | changes to the final forms and instructions.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Webinar

New Developments in Health & Welfare Plans

Posted by benefitexpress on December 15, 2015

This webinar covers the most up to date developments that effect health and welfare.

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Topics: Webinar

Employee vs. Independent Contractor - How to Differentiate and Avoid Penalties?

Posted by benefitexpress on December 2, 2015

This webinar reviews: which factors the IRS uses to determine common law employee status | how does this affect compliance with ACA | what penalties may apply.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Webinar

Cadillac Tax for Employers 101 - How to Avoid Penalties?

Posted by benefitexpress on November 17, 2015

This webinar covers: what coverages are subject to the tax | how the excise tax is determined | what adjustments will be available in determining the tax | who collects the tax.

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Topics: Cadillac Tax, Affordable Care Act, Webinar

Medicare for Employers 101

Posted by benefitexpress on November 5, 2015

This presentation covers how Medicare affects employer health coverage in: Providing opt out amounts | Paying for Medicare for active employees | Electing COBRA.

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Topics: COBRA, Webinar, Medicare

HIPAA Privacy for Employers 101

Posted by benefitexpress on October 13, 2015

This webinar reviews: what information must be protected, what policies and procedures need to be in place, what disclosures have to be given to employees, what agreements have to be in place for business associates, and what breach procedures have to be followed.

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Topics: HIPAA, Webinar

ERISA for Employers 101

Posted by benefitexpress on September 30, 2015

This webinar covers a basic review of the requirements under ERISA, including: what is an ERISA benefit, what documentation requirements have to be met, what disclosure requirements have to be met, what reporting requirements need to be met, what is a fiduciary, and what are other requirements.

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Topics: ERISA, Webinar

Keeping Up to Date With Wellness Regulations 2015

Posted by benefitexpress on September 8, 2015

Learn about the latest developments in wellness programs. A review of EOCC's legal action against wellness programs will be covered and steps to avoid legal action will be discussed.

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Topics: Wellness, Webinar

Need to Know Issues with Flexible Spending Accounts

Posted by benefitexpress on August 25, 2015

This presentation reviews: Allowable election changes | Carryover requirements | COBRA issues | HRAs and FSAs - how do they interact?

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Topics: COBRA, Flexible Spending Account, Health Reimbursement Account, Webinar

Keeping Current on Reporting and Disclosure Requirements

Posted by benefitexpress on August 14, 2015

This presentation reviews: Required forms and policies | Required procedures | Step by step guidelines on how to comply | Notice requirements

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Topics: ERISA, Webinar

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