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15th Annual Employee Benefits Symposium

Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits

Friday, April 20, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM (CDT)

15th Annual Employee Benefits Symposium

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The John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits

15th Annual Employee Benefits Symposium

Designing a Wellness Program
Hosted by:
 
35 W. Wacker
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Friday, April 20, 2018
1–4:30 p.m.

Registration is free for all attendees.
CLE: up to 3 hours (pending)

 

In an effort to slow the growth of employees’ medical expenses, employers (especially large employers) have embraced wellness programs. However, wellness programs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Navigating through myriad federal laws that affect these programs can be a challenge. To avoid tax implications for employees, the program must abide by certain non-discrimination rules. Non-discrimination rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) also may be implicated. And finally, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) prohibit discrimination against an employee based on adverse health factors and genetic information. Enforcing these rules involve a number of federal agencies—Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury/IRS, and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC)—who do not coordinate efforts in how these rules apply to wellness programs.

The half-day seminar will provide a refresher on the basics of these rules as applied to workplace wellness programs, recent litigation in this area (especially by efforts on the part of the EEOC), and company best practices.

Symposium Schedule
1–1:15 p.m. | Introductions
1:15–2:15 p.m. | Panel I: HIPAA, ACA, and Tax Implications
This panel will review the regulation of wellness programs under HIPAA, the Internal Revenue Code, and the ACA.
Moderator
Professor Kathryn J. Kennedy
Director, Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits
The John Marshall Law School
Panelists
Nancy DeBruin
Senior Counsel
McDonald's Corporation
Yelena F. Gray
Partner
Nixon Peabody LLP
Susan M. Nash
Partner
Winston & Strawn LLP
2:15–3:15 p.m. | Panel II: ADA and GINA Implications
This panel will discuss how ADA and GINA affect wellness program design and operation.
Moderator
Professor Kathryn J. Kennedy
Director, Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits
The John Marshall Law School
Panelists
Amy M. Gordon
Partner
Winston & Strawn LLP
Joanna C. Kerpen
Partner
Winston & Strawn LLP
3:15–3:30 p.m. | Break
3:30–4:30 p.m. | Panel III: EEOC Enforcement Action
This panel will provide a litigation update involving the EEOC’s enforcement relating to wellness programs.
Moderator
Will Hansen
Senior Vice President, Retirement Policy
ERIC
Panelists
Benjamin J. Conley
Partner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Susan M. Nash
Partner
Winston & Strawn LLP
Cardelle B. Spangler
Partner
Winston & Strawn LLP
 
About the Employee Benefits Symposium
The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits proudly hosts the Annual Employee Benefits Symposium each spring, offering academics and leading practitioners the opportunity to present their works-in-progress on current employee benefits issues and receive feedback before publication. Past topics have included “The Changing Landscape of Executive Compensation Regulation and Reporting,” “The Future of Employer-Provided Health Benefits,” and “Legal Issues Regarding Public-Sector Employee Benefits Plans.”

 

 

Any further questions, please contact: ctleb@jmls.edu.

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35 W. Wacker
Chicago, IL 60601

Friday, April 20, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM (CDT)


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