October 6 Clients and Friends Celebration; May 10 Clients and Friends Seminar

I. October 6, 2018 Clients and Friends Celebration. As previously announced, to celebrate the wonderful support we’ve received from our clients and friends during our first quarter century, we’ll be hosting an event on Saturday October 6, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the lovely Vollmer Center on the grounds of the Cylburn Arboretum (off Northern Parkway in Baltimore near Sinai Hospital). There will be no talking lawyer heads to endure, and we’ll have finger food, a light bar, dancing to the sounds of The Back Pages Band, and lots of fun at the piano featuring the masterful stylings of our colleague Howard Kirkpatrick. Please contact Alison Christian at achristian@smithdowney.com or 410-321-9000 if you’d like to reserve a spot.

II. May 10, 2018 Clients and Friends Seminar. Also as previously announced, we'll be holding our next clients and friends seminar at the BWI Marriott on Thursday May 10, 2018, from 8 a.m. to noon. The following are some of the topics we'll cover at the seminar. Some seating is still available. Please contact Alison Christian at achristian@smithdowney.com or 410-321-9000 if you'd like to reserve a spot. As always, our seminars are free.

--Health and Welfare Plan Topics:

Need for Legal Drafting or Review of Plan Documents

Need for Careful Legal Review of Vendor Agreements

New Disability Claims/Appeals Rules

Recent EEOC Wellness Litigation Losses

Form 5500 Changes; the Latest Rumblings

Maryland Male Sterilization Mandate and Its Impact on HSAs

Update on DOL and IRS Audit Activity and Field Positions

Responding to IRS ACA Penalty Letters

Health Coverage During Absences and Leaves

New Association Health Plan Rules

Common Errors in Dealing with Domestic Partner/Civil Union Partners/Common Law Spouses

Electronic Delivery Rules – Why Can’t I Just Email It?

Employees Versus Independent Contractors: Recent Developments

Transportation-Related Plans – Parking, Transit, Bicycles

UBTI for Onsite Gyms

Plan Designs That Favor/Disfavor Identified Groups

Dangers of Paying “Extra-Contractual” Benefits

Tax Bill Changes to Moving Expense Reimbursements

Pre-Filing Review of Form 5500s

Retiree Medical Plan Special Issues: ACA Exemption, MSP/ESRD

Employer Tax Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave

Employee Achievement Award Taxation

Cadillac Tax Delay

February 2018 Budget Law: Impact on Benefit Plans

Short Term Health Insurance Guidance

--Qualified Retirement Plan Topics:

Special ACP Test for Plans with Matches Over 100%

403(b) and 401(k) - Remaining Differences and Planning Opportunities

Plan Loan Interest Rates

Converting Traditional Defined Benefit Plans to Cash Balance Plans

Review of the Partial Plan Termination Rules

Update on Retirement Plan Litigation

Review of Employers’ Fee Disclosure Obligations

Locating Missing Participants: Latest Development

Loan Offset Deposits to Rollover IRAs

Hardship Rules and Natural Disasters

Update on VCP User Fees

New Minimum Distribution Guidelines

Tips for Dealing with the New Fiduciary Rule

IRS Determination Letters Update

EBSA Penalties Inflation Adjustments

--Executive Compensation Topics:

Disability Definitions in NQ Plans

Issues When Employment on Incentive/Bonus Payment Date is Required

Public Company Compensation Rules in 2017 Tax Bill

2017 Tax Bill and Compensating Executives of Tax-Exempt and Governmental Employers

2017 Tax Bill Rules for Tax-Exempt and Governmental Employer Severance Plans

2017 Tax Bill Rules for Deferral of Gain on Certain Equity Awards

--Labor and Employment Law Topics:

Maryland’s New Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law

Sexual Harassment - How to Respond to the “Me Too” Moment

Updates on Pregnancy and Lactation Protections in the Workplace

NLRB Update

Wage and Hour Update

Disability Law Update

Marijuana Law Update

Multistate Compliance with Labor and Employment Laws

Restrictive Covenant Law Update

Payment of Bonuses and Commissions After Termination