ERISA Legal Compliance Hot Topics for In-House Corporate Counsel
On Demand

ERISA Legal Compliance Hot Topics for In-House Corporate Counsel

Practice Areas:
Compensation & Benefits |  ERISA
Anne Tyler Hall |  Malika Terry |  Charleen Barnwell
Course Levels:
1 hour
Original Program Date :
Oct 11, 2018

Course Description

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Course Description

The primary focus of the ERISA Legal Compliance Hot Topics for In-House Corporate Counsel was to apprise in-house legal counsel of costly legal compliance issues related to:

Health and Welfare Benefits -  Our focus is on compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") and avoidance of costly legal compliance errors. We also discuss the Affordable Care Act of 2010 ("ACA") and avoidance of Employer Pay or Play penalties.

Retirement Plans - Our discussion focuses on the importance of a robust fiduciary legal compliance paradigm to avoid costly fiduciary breach claims (that may, in some cases, result in personal liability).

Executive Compensation - We provide an overview of the importance of a strategically designed executive compensation program to attract, retain, and motivate top employees. 

Course Learning Objectives:

Primary learning objectives for this training are provision of an awareness of the primary legal compliance issues for corporate in-house counsel in the area of ERISA legal compliance. Specifically, legal compliance issues related to corporate health and welfare benefit plans, executive compensation and retirement plans.

Topics and Agenda

  • Mins. 1-5: Intro
  • Mins. 5-20: Discussion of Legal Compliance Issues Related to Company Health and Welfare Benefits
  • Mins. 21-35: Overview of Legal Compliance Issues Related to Company Retirement Plans
  • Mins. 36-50: Review of Executive Compensation Plan Design Legal Compliance Issues and Plan Design Alternatives
  • Mins. 51-60: Closing Remarks

CLE Credits

Mandatory CLE Credit

This program may be eligible for a total of 1 CLE credit(s) in a 60 minute state of which 0  are Ethics credits.

This program may be eligible for a total of 1.2 CLE credit(s) in a 50 minute state of which 0  are Ethics credits.




This course has been approved for 1 MCLE General Credit(s) in California of which 0 are Legal Ethics, 0 are Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, 0 are Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse/Mental Illness that Impairs Professional Competence.


All courses are presumptively approved.  This course has been approved for 1 MCLE General Credit(s) in Georgia of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.


This course has been approved for 1 MCLE General Credit(s) in Illinois of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Professional Responsibility credit.


Select Counsel is an approved provider in the State of Pennsylvania. This course has been approved for 1 CLE Credit(s) in Pennsylvania of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.


This course has been approved for 1 MCLE Credit(s) in Texas of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.

States Pending Approval

The following states are pending approval.


An application for MCLE credit is pending in Ohio.


An application for MCLE credit is pending in Washington.

Other MCLE Jurisdictions

Reciprocal States: The following jurisdictions allow reciprocity for courses approved in other MCLE jurisdictions:Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, and Oregon.

Self Reporting States: States that allow an attorney to apply or self-report CLE credit are: Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Course Materials


Anne Tyler Hall's Profile

Anne Tyler Hall Related seminars and products: 1

Hall Benefits Law

We help companies comply with the complex requirements of both ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code and thereby reduce exposure and costly and administratively burdensome consequences. HBL serves businesses of all sizes, offering experienced legal support and services for: Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions, Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), Executive Compensation, Health and Welfare Benefits, Healthcare Reform, Retirement Plans (Qualified and Non-Qualified), Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs).


PRACTICE FOCUS: Compensation & Benefits | ERISA
PRIOR ROLES/EXPERIENCE: Alston & Bird | King & Spalding
LAW SCHOOL: University of Alabama

Malika Terry's Profile

Malika Terry Related seminars and products: 1

Mobile: 678-458-0821
Malika Terry, MBA, CCP is a seasoned total rewards professional with 18+ years of experience in the human resources field. Throughout her career, Malika has worked for both midsized and large scaled companies, driving innovative total rewards programs that attract and retain high quality talent. She received her master’s degree in Business Administration with a major in International Business from Mercer University and her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The University of Georgia. She is a Certified Compensation Professional and an active member of several Professional Organizations such as WorldatWork, the Society of Human Resources (SHRM), WorldatWork, the Atlanta Area of Compensation Association (AACA), and the Southeast Benefits Education Network (SBEN).

Charleen Barnwell's Profile

Charleen Barnwell Related seminars and products: 1

Senior Compliance Counsel

Hall Benefits Law

Prior to joining Hall Benefits Law, Charleen Barnwell worked as an employee benefits attorney and compliance consultant with a number of well-known corporations, including InterContinental Hotels Group and NCR Corporation, Inc. Her 15-plus years in the benefits legal space have equipped her well to address issues of fiduciary noncompliance, and her experiences in the corporate benefits space give her unique insight into the needs of our corporate plan sponsors.

MCLE Information for On-Demand

MCLE Information for On-Demand Seminars

General Information

Please note that Select Counsel delivers multiple on-demand courses. Please view a specific course program’s description page or marketing materials for information indicating the jurisdictions a specific program is eligible for credit.

Accreditation Information

Select Counsel applies for credit for most of it's on-demand seminars the following states:

  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Washington

Select Counsel is an approved accredited provider for in the states of California and Pennsylvania.  CLE credit is available for all Select Counsel courses. 

Please refer to the CLE credit tab to determine which states are approved and those that are pending.

Select Counsel does not seek direct accreditation in AL, AK, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GU, HI, IN, IA, ID,  KY, LA, MN, NE, ME, MO, MP, MS, MT, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NV, NC, ND, OK, OR,  PR, RI, SC, TN, UT, VI, VA, VT, WI, WV and WY.  However, if there is a high demand for a particular state during the registration process, Select Counsel will consider submitting an application for accreditation in that state. Meanwhile, most states allow for Course Approval Reciprocity or Attorney Submitted Applications for Accreditation.  Please see details below.

Course Approval Reciprocity

The following states allow attorneys to earn CLE credit through reciprocity from a course or course provider that meets the basic requirements for approval in that state.  States that allow reciprocity for courses approved in other jurisdictions are listed below.  Click any of the states  below for rules and regulations regarding reciprocity in that  below state.

Self-Reporting/Accreditation States

Select Counsel has not submitted applications in the states listed below.  Many states allow attorneys to submit a course for approval and/or self-report their attendance to the their MCLE Board if it has not been submitted by the sponsor of the course. Currently attorneys who participate in a Select Counsel course who want CLE for the states listed below need to apply/report directly with that state. However, if there is a high demand for a particular state during the registration process, Select Counsel will consider submitting an application for accreditation in that state.

  • Alabama
  • Delaware
  • Georgia (for some select counsel programs, see the CLE Credit tab for additional information)
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

At this time, Kansas requires the sponsor of all non-traditional format courses to submit the program application. (Kansas will not accept an application from an individual lawyer).


Please note that some states have accreditation fees. In addition, some states may not approve specific programs, formats, or topics for credit. This list is a general guide only. Specific information about your state accreditation requirements can be found on your state's regulator page. For contact state regulator contact information please visit the Continuing Legal Education Regulators Association at

Certificates of Attendance and Tracking

For each on-demand seminar, Select Counsel will be tracking your attendance through participation codes that pop up during the presentation. Instructions on how to use these participation codes, along with information about how to retrieve your credit will be provided to you prior, during and after the completion of the program.


Upon completion of the course you will receive a either a state specific certificate of attendance for the courses that Select Counsel applied for or a Uniform Certificate of Attendance for states that have reciprocity or are self applying/reporting states.  


State by State reporting instructions will be included with each certificate of attendance. You will receive this information via email, as well as in a handout that can be accessed before, during and after the course in your customer account.

Participation Reporting

Select Counsel only applies for course approval in the following states: CA, IL, OH, TX, and WA and is an accredited provider in PA.  Select Counsel will report attendance in any of the above states (e.g. PA) that require the provider to report attendance.  For states that allow course approval reciprocity and/or that attorneys are self-reporting/applying, Select Counsel will guide you to the appropriate forms and governing bodies. All information about reporting credit to your state will be provided as a hand out prior, during and after the completion of the course.

A Note About MCLE Credit

The content on this page is for informational and educational purposes only. Each state has its own rules and regulations indicating what qualifies for CLE credit. Certain programs, subjects, and formats may not receive credit in some states and there may be specific rules regarding who may earn credit or the maximum number of credit hours that may be earned with specific formats.  Please contact your state MCLE regulatory entity for specific questions about your MCLE rules. For contact information, go to

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