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Benefits Administration and Leaves of Absence: Navigating Coverage and Payment Issues to Avoid Liability - On-Demand

Benefits Administration and Leaves of Absence: Navigating Coverage and Payment Issues to Avoid Liability - On-Demand

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Benefits Administration and Leaves of Absence: Navigating Coverage and Payment Issues to Avoid Liability

Webinar now available On-Demand.


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to handle benefits administration for employees on a leave of absence such as family and medical leave, leave as an ADA accommodation, or a workers’ compensation injury.


 

What’s the right way to handle benefits when employees are out on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? What about when the employee is out of work as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Or, what about when the employee is out due to a workers’ compensation injury?

Does the type of leave impact your legal obligations concerning benefits administration?

That’s a good question and one that’s not always cut and dry. When it comes to health and welfare benefit plan compliance, often the most pressing questions have to do with health care for employees on a leave of absence. There’s not a lot of regulatory guidance that’s readily available to navigate this compliance issue, and mistakes can bring severe consequences—fiduciary liability, discrimination lawsuits, and denied insurance claims.

Use this on-demand webinar designed to answer the most common questions concerning benefits administration for employees on leave.

You’ll learn:

  • How long you need to keep an employee on leave on your health or welfare benefit plan
  • Possible approaches to administering benefits during leave
  • Who pays the premiums
  • What happens if the employee is on leave indefinitely and shows no signs of returning to work
  • Special issues regarding workers’ compensation and disability benefits
  • How COBRA factors in—and when—concerning employees on leaves of absence
  • Intersecting FMLA rules that may apply—and the impact on payment options
  • And much more!

 

About Your Presenter

Ashley GillihanAshley Gillihan, Esq.
Counsel 
Alston & Bird LLP

Ashley Gillihan is counsel in the Atlanta office and a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and ERISA Litigation Groups. He focuses his practice exclusively on health and welfare employee benefit compliance and litigation issues for employers, health plan administrators and other health and welfare benefit plan service providers. He also has extensive experience assisting financial institutions and insurance companies who serve as Health Savings Account trustees or custodians.

Gillihan is active in publishing and speaking on various health and welfare benefit plan related topics and serves as a faculty member and/or technical advisor for several health and welfare.

He is a member of the Employer’s Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) Technical Advisory Council and the board of editors for the Benefits and Compensation Law Alert, published by M. Lee Smith Publishers. He was named to the Benefits Committee for the Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. and served from 2007–2008. He is also a faculty member for the Institute for Applied Management and Law (IAML) and is the former author of the Flexible Benefits Answer Book published by Aspen Publishers. 

Gillihan received his undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University and his law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in 1996. He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and the Georgia Bar Association.