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Hot Topics – The 2018 Employee Benefits Horizon and Demystifying Leaves of Absence


February 14, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am PST

Petaluma, CA

From ACA and healthcare reform, to complex Federal and State Leave Laws, navigating the complexities of employee benefits legislation and regulatory guidelines can be an overwhelming process.

Please join us for an informative seminar featuring Jen Chung, Vice President, Senior Compliance Officer at Woodruff Sawyer, who will be discussing recent changes to benefits compliance legislation, and Richard Rybicki of Rybicki & Associates as he demystifies Leave of Absence laws and administration.

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Employee Benefits in 2018

The regulatory landscape for health benefit plans continues to experience intense scrutiny by enforcement agencies. With dramatic increases in benefits-related litigation, and the potential for severe, non-compliance penalties,  employers need to stay up-to-date on  ever-changing compliance developments impacting benefits strategy and implementation.

Topics of Discussion

  • Regulatory Landscape for Health Benefit Plans in 2018
  • Summary of New Changes to Existing ACA Provisions
  • Employer Action Items Upon Receipt of IRS ACA Penalty Letter
  • Employee Benefits Impacted by 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • What’s on the DOL’s Radar for 2018
  • Cadillac Tax Update
  • Association Health Plans

Demystifying Leave Laws

Leave of Absence laws bring their own unique challenges. Between complex administration of Federal laws and the sometimes overlapping California State laws, it’s understandable why implementation can be difficult.

Topics of Discussion

  • Federal Leave Laws (FMLA, USERRA, JSIA)
  • California Family Leave Laws (CFRA, PLSA, PFLP, FML and FSPA)
  • Paid and Unpaid Leaves
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Interaction between Federal and State Legislation


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