POSTPONED | Employee Benefits Overview - Free for Minnesota Legal Aid Attorneys

Event Description

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, this program has been postponed.

The Employee Benefits Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association wants to assist legal aid attorneys by providing a free seminar that gives an overview on employee benefits issues related to private employers. This CLE will be held the morning of Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at the MSBA office in downtown Minneapolis.

Space is limited for in person attendance. Breakfast will be provided.


8:30 - 9:30 AM  ERISA / Benefits 101

In the U.S., benefits are often based on employment.  This session will review ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, the two primary federal laws that govern benefits the employers offer employees.  The session will provide an overview, look at how employees can bring claims for benefits, and an employee’s ability to being a legal action under ERISA.

Nicolet Lyon | Law Office of Katherine L. MacKinnon P.L.L.C.
Denise Tataryn | Nolan, Thompson, Leighton & Tataryn, PLC
Tim Goodman | Dorsey & Whitney LLP

9:30 - 9:40 AM  Break

9:40 - 10:40 AM  Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)

One significant aspect of divorce is the allocation of a couple’s retirement benefits.  This session will review domestic relations orders for both defined contribution plans (such as 401(k) plans) and for defined benefit plan (pension plans).  It will review methods for dividing benefits and points to consider.

Megan Hladilek | Faegre Drinker
Stacey Rice | Cargill
Mark Rosenfeld | Faegre Drinker

10:40 - 10:50 AM  Break

10:50 - 11:20 AM -  Affordable Care Act – Know Your Rights

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not require employers to offer health insurance, but does provide a number of protections for employees.  This session will look at those protections, from employer notification regarding the availability of coverage under the health exchanges to section 1557 of the ACA.

Julie Lewis | Lewis Law Office, LLC

11:20 - 11:50 AM  COBRA and Minnesota Continuation Coverage Rules

The loss of a job does not necessarily mean the loss of health insurance.  This session will look at the COBRA and Minnesota state law which provide protection to allow employees to elect to continue coverage under an employer’s health plan upon termination of employment.

Bob Seng |  Medtronic

11:50 - 12:00 PM  Q & A

CLE Credit:

3.0 Standard CLE credits | Event Code: 296094


Minnesota Legal Aid Attorney: Free (must email to register)
Employee Benefits Section Member: Free
Other Attorneys (not MN Legal Aid or Section member): $100
Law Student: Free

Remote Participation: 

Remote participation via webcast is available. Please indicate this option when registering. Instructions will be emailed to you the day before the CLE. 

Want more information about the MSBA Employee Benefits Section? 
To register with a check, please mail in this registration form.
Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy. 
Questions? Contact Kayla Erbach 612-278-6325

If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event please notify Kayla Erbach at or 612-278-6325. Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations at this meeting.

Register for this Event

This event has been cancelled.

Pre-Registration is Closed

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Glacial Lakes Room / Minnesota State Bar Association Minneapolis, MN United States