Segal offers a range of compliance services and publications to help multiemployer plan sponsors navigate the maze of federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to benefit plans.
- Drafting plan documents, summary plan descriptions, plan enrollment information, administrative forms, and participant correspondence and notices
- Reviewing documents for compliance with Internal Revenue Code and Department of Labor provisions and regulations, internal and external consistency, and the provision of clear rules and guidelines for plan operations
- HIPAA privacy and security assessment, policies and procedures, compliance and training programs
- Designing wellness programs to promote healthy lifestyles while complying with strict federal guidelines
- Drafting policies and procedures, and conducting training, on a wide range of federally mandated plan provisions, including COBRA, QDROs, USERRA, PPA and other laws
- Developing Health Reimbursement Arrangements that can add flexibility to the design of a multiemployer health plan, or provide a retiree health benefit
- Help plan sponsors navigate new and confusing rules regarding Medicare, coordination of benefits, and the Medicare Part D Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS)
- Help plan sponsors prepare for government audits of health and retirement plans
- Crosschecksm, an operational review of your administrative procedures
- An annual Reporting & Disclosure Calendar for Multiemployer Plans
- Compliance Alert, a periodic electronic newsletter that summarizes important developments affecting benefit plan compliance
- Capital Checkup, a periodic electronic newsletter that summarizes health care related activity in Washington
- Periodic Newsletters that discuss creative benefit planning options for plan sponsors
- Periodic Bulletins that describe compliance issues raised by major legislation, regulatory developments or accounting standards
Our Washington-based compliance staff includes experts in both health and pension laws, who maintain close relationships with government agencies which allows them to respond to questions quickly and efficiently. We follow legislative developments carefully and update clients on new laws. In addition, Segal’s compliance experts wrote and serve as ongoing editors to the Employer's Guide to HIPAA Privacy Requirements, by the Thompson Publishing Group, Inc., and serve on the advisory boards of multiple employee benefit publications.
When a new statute, regulation, or judicial decision can potentially affect one of our clients, we alert them by telephone, letter, or both. In addition, we encourage our clients to contact Segal whenever a question arises about an issue that can affect their plan. However, because Segal does not practice law, if a legal issue arises, you should supplement the information and observations that we offer by looking to your attorneys for authoritative legal advice.