Webinar Series: Benefits Compliance Essentials – Summer 2018

Event Date: June 28 - July 26, 2018

Plan to attend one, some or all sessions of our annual benefits compliance refresher series. This four-part webinar series focuses on the basics and covers essential compliance information you need to know. We’ll also share the resources M3 has available for your use when administering employee benefits plans related to:

Session One: ERISA Basics – June 28, 2018
Employer sponsors of employee welfare benefits plans must comply with many complex and sometimes confusing ERISA requirements. Join us for a webinar to discuss basic ERISA requirements as they apply to your welfare benefit plans and to ensure compliance.

Key Topics Include:

  • Welfare Benefit Plans: What plans are subject to ERISA
  • Basic ERISA rules
  • Summary Plan Descriptions
  • Reporting requirements

Session Two: Administering FMLA – July 12, 2018
Anyone who has spent time administering the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) knows the challenges that the law can create. This webinar will provide basic FMLA compliance information – essential for solid FMLA administration.

Key Topics Include:

  • Basic overview of FMLA law
  • Interaction of federal and Wisconsin leave laws
  • Employer Notice Requirements
  • Effective health care certifications

Session Three: COBRA Essentials – July 19, 2018
Strengthening your COBRA compliance procedures makes good business sense and protects your organization from unnecessary risks. Join us for a webinar designed to answer all your basic COBRA questions.

Key Topics Include:

  • General COBRA’s requirements and to whom do they apply
  • Notice obligations and timelines
  • Common COBRA compliance issues
  • Guidance and strategies for internal COBRA administration

Session Four: Section 125 Cafeteria Plan Requirements – July 26, 2018
Many employers allow employees to pay for benefits on a pre-tax basis and do not realize that such action means the employer sponsors a Section 125 Cafeteria Plan. There are many rules and requirements employers should be aware of when sponsoring a cafeteria plan.

Key Topics Include:

  • Overview of Section 125 requirements, including the written plan document requirement
  • Elections
  • Qualifying events
  • Non-discrimination testing

Who should attend?

  • HR Personnel
  • Benefit Personnel
  • Payroll Personnel


Session: 9:30 – 10:30 am
Q&A: 10:30 – 11:00 am

Featured Speaker:

Karen J.W. Breitnauer, J.D.
Senior Compliance Attorney, M3 Insurance

Karen is the Senior Compliance Attorney at M3 Insurance, focusing on employee benefits compliance regarding Health Care Reform, COBRA, HIPAA and more. She leads M3’s approach regarding the Affordable Care Act. Her efforts include educating not only clients, but M3’s internal audiences to ensure proper interpretation and implementation of the law. This includes hundreds of presentations to trade associations, business groups and client seminars.

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