Employee Benefits and the Biden Administration
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At the same time, his administration is planning a raft of other actions and legislation on health policy and retirement, including rolling back Trump era actions.
How will all of this affect you and your employees?
Join the experts from Epstein Becker Green for this employer benefits briefing!
TZVIA FEIERTAG (pronounced “Svee’a Fire-tag”) is a Member of the Firm in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice, in the Newark office of Epstein Becker Green. She has worked exclusively in the area of employee benefits for more than 16 years, advising employers of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, other public and private companies, and start-ups, on all aspects of ERISA compliance and the day-to-day operation of employee benefit plans.
Philo D. Hall
PHILO D. HALL is a Senior Counsel in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm's Washington, DC, office. Drawing upon nearly 12 years of experience in a series of federal government health policy positions, he brings insight into the legal, policy, budgetary, and political factors influencing federal agency decision making.
Mr. Hall’s experience includes:
- Counseling health plans, providers, manufacturers, and related investors on complex reimbursement issues arising under Medicare and Medicaid law and policies
- Advising health systems, health plans, and providers on the legal and regulatory matters arising under the transition to value-based care reimbursement and accountable care
- Providing interpretive and practical advice regarding the oversight and compliance requirements unique to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug plans, as well as responding to related federal sanctions
- Advising health care providers, health-related companies, financial institutions, and investors of health care industry trends and relevant federal and state public policy developments
- Aiding health care providers, health plans, and related companies in the development and operation of out-of-network billing arrangements to assure compliance with federal and state laws
- Advising public and private clients in the development of legislative and regulatory advocacy strategies involving government health programs, including assisting with the development and implementation of public stakeholder engagement efforts
- Counseling clients and conducting regulatory due diligence in connection with various strategic transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions, and affiliations
Before joining Epstein Becker Green, Mr. Hall served as Counselor to Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that role, Mr. Hall directly advised the Secretary and the White House on a diverse portfolio of issues facing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (also known as “SAMHSA”), the Office of Civil Rights, the Administration for Children and Families, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.
Mr. Hall earlier served as Associate Director for Health on the staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council, advising the President of the United States and senior staff on emerging health care issues, legislation, and regulatory matters. This position involved overseeing federal agency implementation of the administration's health care priorities, with a particular focus on behavioral health, including managing the formation and operation of the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Mr. Hall also served on the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, under Chairman James M. Jeffords (R-VT), where he developed legislation on Medicare provider reimbursement, commercial insurance regulation, and health information privacy.
During law school, Mr. Hall was a judicial intern for the Hon. Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; a member of the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy; and a student attorney at Columbus Community Legal Services, representing low-income elderly clients in the District of Columbia.
- Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (J.D., 2012)
- Journal of Contemporary Health Law
- College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1997)
- District of Columbia
- American Health Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association, Health Law Section
- Federalist Society
Gretchen Harders is a Member of the Firm in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice, in the firm's New York office.
Ms. Harders' practice focuses on all aspects of executive compensation and employee benefits law. Ms. Harders counsels a broad range of clients on executive compensation and employee benefit issues, tax-qualified and non-qualified plans, 401(k) plans, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, deferred compensation, executive incentive compensation plans, executive employment and severance agreements, Section 409A compliance, equity-based compensation plans, multiemployer plans and health and welfare plans and trusts.
- Advises corporate clients on employee benefits compliance matters, tax-qualified pension plan compliance, defined benefit plans, Section 401(k) plans, multiemployer plan funding and administration, health and welfare benefit plans and fringe benefit plans
- Represents corporate clients and health care providers on health and welfare benefit plans, health care products and the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
- Advises both corporate and individual clients on executive compensation issues, including the design of executive employment contracts, incentive compensation arrangements, stock option plans and severance agreements, with a concentration in cross-border executive compensation and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act
- Represents tax-exempt and not-for-profit institutions with respect to pension plans, executive compensation, deferred compensation and employee benefits compliance matters
Ms. Harders is a frequent speaker on various employee benefit issues and developments and has authored articles on various topics of ERISA and employee benefits law, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Ms. Harders has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2014 to 2018) in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law. She was also recommended by The Legal 500 United States (2013, 2014, 2018), in the category of Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Design, and named to the New York Metro Super Lawyerslist (2013 to 2017) in the area of Employee Benefits.
- Chapter 24, "Claims, Disputes, and Settlements," Section 409A Handbook(BNA Books, Fall 2010).
- "Surprises for Publicly-Traded Multinational Employers: Complying with Section 409A of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code," International Legal News, Volume 5, Issue 2 (Aug. 15, 2008).
- "Applying new US tax rules on deferred compensation to cross border arrangements," PLC Cross Border Employee and Labour Benefits Handbook 2007/8, with Howard Pianko (Sept. 13, 2007).
- "Cross-border employment contracts — practical considerations for the multinational employer," PLC Cross Border Employee and Labour Benefits Handbook 2006/7, with Howard Pianko (Aug. 10, 2006).
- "Employer Stock Funds in Corporate Transactions: Tax and ERISA Considerations," BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal (Feb. 2004).
- "Employer Stock Funds in Corporate Transactions: Federal Securities Law Considerations," BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal (April 2004).
- University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
- University of Chicago (B.A., 1989)
- New York
- Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
- Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
- Health Care and Life Sciences Industry
- American Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section
- New York State Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section