The American Rescue Plan: Key Takeaways and Allowable Uses

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CLE credits earned: 1 General Credit (WA 1 Law and Legal)

The most recent COVID-19 relief bill, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), was signed into law on March 11, 2021. It includes a much-anticipated COBRA premium subsidy, pension plan funding relief, and several employer and employee protections for certain of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will discuss the impact of ARPA to employers and their employee benefit plans and will identify compliance challenges for which employers should be prepared.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Employer compliance requirements and considerations relating to COBRA subsidies.
•   Changes impacting other employee benefits, including an increase to the dependent care exclusion limit, pension funding relief, and the expansion of employees covered by Section162(m) compensation deduction limit for publicly held corporations.
•   What employers should know about the law’s extension of previous COVID-19 related tax credits and unemployment supplements.
•   How ARPA advances the Biden administration’s focus on workplace safety and employee protections.

Date / Time: April 1, 2021

•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Central
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Mountain
•   10:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: April 1, 2021

Deborah S. Brenneman | Thompson Hine

Debbie is a partner in Thompson Hine’s Labor & Employment and Business Litigation practice groups. She represents management in all areas of employment law, with a focus on trade secret and non-compete cases. She has deep experience in successfully litigating and resolving these matters in state and federal courts across the country. Her practice includes employment discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation; restrictive covenants; fair labor standards; employment and termination agreements; and commercial litigation. Debbie currently serves as national employment counsel for publicly held companies. She has served as lead counsel in numerous jury and bench trials, arbitrations, mediations, employment investigations, and forensic employment investigations throughout the United States. She has practiced before state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Debbie graduated from University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was editor of the University of Cincinnati Law Review and was awarded Order of the Coif. Some of her distinctions include having been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017-2021 in the fields of Employment Law-Management and Litigation-Labor and Employment in addition to being selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers list from 2009-2016 and 2018-2021.

Kim Wilcoxon | Thompson Hine

Kim is a partner in Thompson Hine’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice group. Kim has significant experience advising employers and other benefit plan professionals on welfare benefit plan matters. She helps clients respond to increased plan costs and legal changes by analyzing various plan designs and associated risks; closely following legal developments and offering practical, proactive advice; reviewing and negotiating service provider agreements; helping health plans update HIPAA privacy and security compliance and providing employee training; drafting and reviewing plan documentation and participant communications; consulting on benefit claims and appeals; and answering questions relating to the Affordable Care Act, the mental health parity rules, HIPAA, COBRA, health savings accounts, nondiscrimination requirements, cafeteria plan rules, taxation of benefits, and other welfare benefit matters. In addition, Kim counsels employers on all aspects of retirement plans and executive compensation arrangements, including 401(k) plan design and administration, pension plan administration, 409A compliance, fiduciary counseling, and benefits issues in corporate transactions.

Kim graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and was awarded Order of the Coif. Among several distinctions, she was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2013 to 2021 in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Executive Compensation from 2016-2020.

Anthony P. McNamara | Thompson Hine

Anthony is an associate in Thompson Hine’s Labor & Employment practice group and advises employers on a broad range of labor and employment issues, focusing on defending their interests in litigation. He routinely practices in both state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission and Ohio State Personnel Board of Review. Anthony handles all stages of civil litigation, from developing a defense strategy through trial and appeals, and has defended clients in single-plaintiff discrimination actions, sexual harassment suits, noncompete and misappropriation of trade secret matters, and wage and hour disputes. Anthony counsels employers on a variety of issues, including FLSA compliance, hiring and terminating employees, and preparing employee handbooks and employment policies.

Anthony graduated from University of Cincinnati College of Law and held a position on the Moot Court Executive Board. His distinctions include having been named in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2021 for Litigation-Labor and Employment and he was selected to the Ohio Rising Stars list, 2020-2021.

David Uhlendorff | Thompson Hine

David is an associate in Thompson Hine’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice group. He focuses his practice on assisting public and private companies of all sizes with the design, implementation, and maintenance of tax-qualified pension, 401(k) and profit-sharing plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, change in control plans and agreements, equity compensation arrangements, and health and welfare benefit plans. He advises clients on tax issues from both general compliance and transactional perspectives. He has assisted audit teams as a tax specialist and performed operational compliance reviews of qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans and has assessed and advised on clients’ compliance with the Affordable Care Act, specifically, issues involving worker classification, threshold offer of coverage requirements, and quality of health coverage. David has also
assisted clients with numerous transactions from HR and tax compliance perspectives, as well as with the implementation of short- and long-term incentive programs.
David is a graduate of The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, and he served as managing editor of the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal. He was included in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2021 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.

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I. Employer compliance requirements and considerations relating to COBRA subsidies. 1:00-1:15
II. Changes impacting other employee benefits, including an increase to the dependent care exclusion limit, pension funding relief, and the expansion of employees covered by Section162(m) compensation deduction limit for publicly held corporations. 1:15-1:30
III. What employers should know about the law’s extension of previous COVID-19 related tax credits and unemployment supplements. 1:30-1:45
IV. How ARPA advances the Biden administration’s focus on workplace safety and employee protections. 1:45-2:00