Jim Cole will be the guest commentator for Assistant Secretary of Labor Phyllis Borzi’s featured session, “An Outlook from the Assistant Secretary of Labor.” The presentation is on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM (Session 401). It will address the Department’s priorities over the coming year and the Assistant Secretary’s views of the many compliance issues under her jurisdiction.

Mr. Cole will also present with Ian Dingwall, the Chief Accountant of the Department of Labor, regarding the new Form 5500 Schedule C FAQ guidance requiring the reporting of reimbursed trustee and plan employee expenses. In addition, service providers may be required to report to plans gratuities they have given to multiemployer plan trustees and employees, as well as gratuities the service provider received in connection with its services to the plan. An update and comparison of how the Form 5500 rules intersect with Form LM-30 and Form LM-10 reporting will be covered as well. The session (109) will be presented twice: Monday, November 15, 2010 from 2:30 – 3:45 PM, and Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 1:00 – 2:15 PM.

Mark Nielsen will present “Health Care Reform: What Is Happening Now?” on Monday, November 15, 2010 from 10:00 – 11:15 AM, and again on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 7:00 – 8:15 AM. The session will provide an overview of PPACA’s insurance market reforms, their impact on plans and plan sponsors, and compliance strategies that plans should consider. The session will also cover key strategic issues that trustees and employers must consider with respect to marketplace changes in 2014, including the impact of the Exchanges on mutiemployer plans, and the implications that healthcare reform will have on collective bargaining negotiations.

Mr. Nielsen will also lead a workshop on health care reform on Monday, November 15, 2010 from 2:30 – 3:45 PM, which will delve further into key compliance issues and strategic considerations that plans and employers must consider in the post-PPACA world, and provide an opportunity for participants to share their experiences and insights regarding health care reform.

Mr. Nielsen will also be a panelist on the “Open Forum for Health Care Attorneys,” which will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 8:30 – 9:45 AM. The session will provide participants with an opportunity to pose questions to a panel of attorneys regarding challenging health care reform issues.


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