DoL Takes Health Law Seminar to ND

May 21, 2009 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - North Dakota plan sponsors looking to bone up on health benefits laws will soon have an opportunity.

According to a press release, a free health law compliance assistance seminar for employers, plan fiduciaries and plan services providers, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and the North Dakota Department of Insurance, will take place June 3 and 4 at the Fargo Doublewood Inn & Conference Center.

The seminar is part of the Labor Department’s Health Benefits Education Campaign, which helps workers and employers, especially small businesses, understand their rights and responsibilities under various health benefits laws.   Sessions will address the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) premium reduction and related provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), as well as:

  • the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), including privacy issues,
  • the Family and Medical Leave Act,
  • other federal benefits laws under Part 7 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and
  • fiduciary responsibility.

Panelists will include representatives of EBSA, the North Dakota Department of Insurance, the Labor Department’s Employment Standards Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.   Attendees will receive a copy of the booklet “Health Benefits Coverage Under Federal Law,” written information on the Recovery Act and other materials.

Registration is first-come, first-served, with limited spaces available.   Contact Larry Good by e-mail at educationcampaignseminars@dol.gov  or fax at 202-219-8141.  

More information is available at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/HBECND.pdf

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