Ms. Walters’ employee benefits practice emphasizes the regulation of qualified retirement plans, designing retirement and welfare benefit plans, and advising employers concerning employee benefits regulatory compliance and taxation issues. She has represented plans and employers in voluntary compliance, penalty assessment, prohibited transaction and other proceedings before the DOL and IRS. With respect to the increasingly complex federal mandates governing group health plans, Ms. Walters reviews and prepares health plan documents and participant communications for legal compliance, and provides advice to plan sponsors regarding compliance with COBRA, FMLA, USERRA, HIPAA, the ACA and other state and federal laws.
Ms. Walters also advises employers regarding best employment practices. Ms. Walters’ advises practice focuses on compliance with a wide array of federal and state employment laws, incorporating those laws into working personnel policies, internal practices, and hiring, discipline and termination decisions.
Ms. Walters has extensive experience providing regulatory and business advice to healthcare providers, clinics, hospitals, non-profits, political subdivisions, and tribal organizations. Ms. Walters is experienced in addressing privacy and security compliance concerns under the HIPAA, and developing strategies to address the impact of the Affordable Care Act on a variety of businesses and industries.