Business reorganizations, such as mergers and acquisitions, impact many aspects of benefits compliance. Join us as we discuss health and welfare benefit compliance considerations that often arise during a business reorganization. Topics addressed will include considerations under the ACA, COBRA, ERISA, and Code Sections 125 and 105. In addition, we will review how the transaction structure, benefit offerings, employer size, and plan funding impact benefits compliance obligations. By the end of the presentation, participants will have a better understanding of the benefits compliance concerns that should be addressed, often early on, in the business reorganization process.
- Diane Cross, Vice President and Counsel, Benefits Compliance, NFP
- Carol Wood, Vice President and Counsel, Benefits Compliance, NFP
Diane joined NFP in 2019 to educate, consult, and problem-solve on issues related to health and welfare benefits. Most recently, Diane advised employers on matters related to employee benefits compliance for a regional insurance brokerage, helping employers achieve and maintain compliance with local, state, and federal laws. She has experience consulting on issues related to ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, Section 125, PPACA, among other regulations, as well as advising on rules related to HSAs, FSAs, HRAs, and other matters impacting employee benefits administration. Diane earned her Bachelor of Science from Butler University and her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law. She is a member of the Indiana bar.
Carol joined NFP in 2019 to provide guidance to employers, consultants and brokers regarding employee benefit regulatory and compliance concerns. With the other team members, she works to ensure clients are provided with the resources and information to address complex benefit challenges and stay ahead of industry developments. Prior to joining NFP, Carol served as associate counsel at HSA Bank, which provides consumer directed healthcare custodial and administrative services. In this role, she addressed compliance and contractual issues regarding HSAs, FSAs, HRAs and COBRA. She also worked as an attorney at Pentegra Retirement Services, where she focused upon ERISA, tax and fiduciary matters involving defined contribution and defined benefit plans. Carol earned a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from St. John’s University and St. John’s University Law School in New York. She is a member of the State Bars of New York and Connecticut.