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Employee Benefits 2018

  • Redwood Credit Union 3033 Cleveland Avenue Santa Rosa, CA, 95403 United States (map)

Jennifer Chung, Esq. | Vice President, Senior Compliance Officer

As the company’s senior benefits compliance officer and lead ERISA counsel, Jen manages the benefits compliance team and drives the strategy and development of our benefits compliance policies, processes and training. She works closely with our account teams to help ensure that we have appropriate compliance resources to meet client needs when navigating through the complex benefits legislative terrain. Jen is an expert in matters related to health care reform (ACA), COBRA, HIPAA, Code §125 cafeteria plans, wellness programs, tax-qualified fringe benefits, etc. 

Jen’s background includes advising small and large companies on complicated qualified retirement plan and health and welfare plan issues. She has considerable experience with corresponding to and defending clients against government agency inquiries, such as Department of Labor audits. Prior to joining Woodruff-Sawyer, Jen worked at TriNet as lead benefits corporate counsel, implementing and developing compliant processes and standard operating procedures for plans with tens to hundreds of thousands of participants. She helped strategize, design and implement ACA compliance support for clients, such as tracking measurement and stability periods, evaluating Applicable Large Employer status, analyzing potential impact of §4980H tax penalty assessments, and reporting requirements under §§6055-6056. Jen developed her benefits expertise as an ERISA attorney at Trucker Huss, a premier ERISA law firm in San Francisco, and further expanded her breadth of benefits experience at the global law firm of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe as a managing attorney.

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 226JA
  • Employee Benefits Impacted by 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • What’s on the DOL’s Radar for 2018
  • Cadillac Tax Update
  • Association Health Plan


Earlier Event: July 12
Annual Scholarship Auction & Social
Later Event: September 13
Annual HR and Employment Law Conference