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Regulatory Environments for Benefits Programs (B1)

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Understand U.S. Human Resources Laws and Regulations and the ACA’s Impact on Benefits Programs

The U.S. regulatory landscape for employee benefits plans [e.g., Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)] is vast, complex, and constantly evolving.  HR professionals must stay current on these highly technical laws and regulations in order to design and deliver effective and compliant programs for their organizations. You’ll leave this course with comprehensive knowledge of regulatory requirements in the benefits space as well as risk-mitigating strategies to help minimize the incurrence of fines, penalties, loss of tax favorable status and legal claims.  

Course objectives:

  • Analyze the influence government regulations and laws have on the creation of benefits programs.
  • Describe how regulatory issues affects retirement benefits.
  • Outline the impact regulations have on administering pay-for-time-not-worked programs.
  • Explain the role that regulations have in developing health benefits.
  • Outline the tax implications affecting employers and employees for health and welfare plans.
  • Examine key issues with Section 125 and 129 Plans.
  • Outline the key components of administering benefits programs.
  • This course contains U.S. specific content and is designed for the U.S. HR professionals new to the benefits field. It is also an ideal course for the HR generalist or compensation specialist with limited human resource law knowledge who would like to learn more.


Course Outline

MODULE 1

Government Influence on Employee Benefits

  • Total Rewards Components
  • Legally Required Benefits
  • The Legislative Process
  • The Regulatory and Judicial Process
  • Federal Governing Agencies
  • Government Benefits Programs 32 State Programs
  • Federal Programs
  • Major Influences on Benefits
  • Equal Opportunity Laws
  • ERISA
  • IRC
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Module Quiz


MODULE 2
Regulatory Issues for Retirement Benefits Retirement Plan Terms

  • Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans
  • IRS and DOL Guidance EGTRRA
  • Pension Protection Act
  • ERISA Provisions
  • ERISA Section 404(c) Regulations
  • Nondiscrimination Requirements for Retirement Plans
  • Overview of Nondiscrimination Rules for Retirement Plans
  • ADP/ACP Nondiscrimination Tests Tax Issues — Retirement Plans
  • QDRO
  • Module Quiz


MODULE 3
Regulatory Issues in Pay for Time Not Worked

  • FLSA
  • FMLA
  • USERRA
  • Statutory Requirements
  • Module Quiz


MODULE 4
Regulatory Issues for Health Benefits

  • Health and Welfare Benefits Terms
  • ERISA
  • COBRA
  • HIPAA
  • Discussion
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Module Quiz


MODULE 5
Regulatory and Tax Issues for Welfare Benefits

  • Tax and Regulatory Terms
  • Major Health Plan and Insurance Tax Code Sections
  • General Tax Advantages
  • Health Plans — Tax Treatment of Employers
  • Nondiscrimination Requirements for Health and Welfare Plans
  • Nondiscrimination Requirements for Health Plans
  • Group Term Life Insurance
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Disability Income Benefits
  • Long-Term Care
  • Withholding and Reporting Requirements
  • Financial Accounting Standards Affecting Health and Welfare Benefits
  • Module Quiz


MODULE 6
Issues for Employee and Employer Choice of Benefits in Section 125 and 129 Plans

  • Section 125 Terms
  • IRC Section 125 — Cafeteria Plans 328 Key Provisions for Section 125 Plans
  • Written Plan Requirements
  • Statutorily Eligible Benefits
  • Prohibited Benefits
  • Additional Legal Considerations
  • Section 125 Nondiscrimination Rules
  • IRC Section 129 — Dependent Care Assistance
  • Average Benefits Test (55% Test) — Example 348
  • Module Quiz

MODULE 7
Administration and Communication Requirements for Benefits Plans

  • Total Rewards Components
  • Employee Benefits 360 Adapting Benefits Plans to Regulations
  • Communicating and Reporting
  • Reporting to Management
  • Analyzing Benefit Changes
  • Reporting to Plan Participants
  • Reporting to Regulatory Agencies
  • Summary Plan Descriptions
  • Summary of Material Modifications (SMMs)
  • Form 5500 Series
  • Summary Annual Reports (SARs)
  • IRS Audits 384 HIPAA Audits
  • DOL Audits
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Audits
  • Module Quiz


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Course Credits & Certifications

RECERTIFICATION
Course: 2.0 credits
Exam: 0.5 credits
CEUs
Course: 1.5 credits
Exam: 0.3 credits
HRCI RECERTIFICATION
16.0 classroom hours
SHRM RECERTIFICATION
16 classroom hours
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This course contains U.S.-specific content designed specifically for benefits professionals who are new to the benefits field as well as for generalists or compensation specialists with limited exposure to the benefits function. 

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