November 2016 Employer Webinar

Plan Documents: ERISA, Section 125, SPDs, and Wraps, Oh My!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

Group health plans have a multitude of documents that need to be compliant with federal regulations. Cafeteria plans must have plan documents as well as documentation evidencing the adoption of the plan, and plans subject to ERISA need a plan document outlining the plan's terms for a number of items, including eligibility, benefits, exclusions, a named fiduciary and plan administrator, claims and appeals procedures, funding information, and other items. These requirements are separate from the summary plan description (SPD), as well as Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) requirement that plans must also meet.

This webinar will help employers understand what plan documents they need, what the documents should contain, and the implications of using a "wrap document" to wrap the ERISA plan document and SPD requirements into one document.

This webinar will:

  • Explain what a cafeteria plan document is, and what is required to be in the document
  • Outline the supporting documentation every cafeteria plan should have regarding its adoption
  • Discuss how cafeteria plan documents and documents required under ERISA are different, and cannot be combined into one document
  • Explain what a plan document is for ERISA purposes and what is required to be in the document
  • Explain the requirements for SPDs
  • Discuss how wrap documents are used, along with the pros and cons of using a wrap document
  • Discuss how wrap documents can be used to wrap ERISA requirements into a single benefit plan; or to combine multiple benefit plans together
  • Discuss an employer's requirements when they update a plan, including Summary of Material Modification requirements
  • Provide best practices regarding retention of plan documents and other recordkeeping requirements

This 90-minute beginner to intermediate level webinar will help employers understand the plan document requirements for group health plans.

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Lorie Maring

Presenter - Lorie Maring

Lorie Maring is Of Counsel in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Fisher Phillips. She focuses her practice on helping employers navigate Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other state and federal laws impacting the design, implementation and ongoing compliance of their employee benefit plans and programs.

Ms. Maring regularly advises clients on the Affordable Care Act, health and welfare benefits, qualified plans, executive compensation, MEWAs, and multiemployer plan issues.

She also represents employers in managing IRS and DOL audits, HIPAA compliance and fiduciary obligations. She serves clients in the public and private sector, including non-profit organizations and trade associations.

Ms. Maring received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, S.C.


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