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Compensation & Benefits Specialist

Troutman Pepper

in Atlanta GA

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The Compensation & Benefits Specialist (Specialist) will provide support to attorneys in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (EBEC) practice group to assist the group in achieving its commitment to higher client care and goals of efficiently and effectively serving its internal and external clients. The Specialist will provide guidance on specific areas of client work involving qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and other compensation matters. The Specialist will be a timekeeper in the EBEC practice group and report to the Office Administrator of the office in which the Specialist resides.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and apprise attorneys of legislative changes, deadlines and trends affecting employee benefit plans
  • Work with attorneys, legal assistants and others to maintain the group’s database of documents and other resources
  • Monitor and update client plan document files and client project tracker chart and ensure timely amendment of plans and compliance with IRS and DOL regulations
  • Communicate with clients to obtain information required for plan amendments, regulatory filings, and audits
  • Assist with preparation of client alerts, year-end amendment charts and other client and business development matters
  • Assist with basic legal research concerning plan design, regulatory requirements and administration
  • Assist with preparing routine correspondence and various legal documents, including, but not limited to, employee benefit plans, summaries, participant communications (SPD, SMM, safe harbor notice, 204(h) notice, etc.), board resolutions, and other legal or administrative documents for attorney review
  • Advise on corrections under the IRS correction programs including missed deferral opportunity, accumulated forfeitures, untimely adoption of required amendments, overpayments
  • Assist clients with regulatory audits (IRS, DOL or PBGC)
  • Assist with preparing and filing governmental filings, including, but not limited to, IRS determination letter applications, Voluntary Correction Program submissions, excise tax returns for employee benefit plans, Form 5500 series annual returns and attachments, top hat statements, Form M-1 for MEWAs, and Form 8950-SSA, and DOL submissions under the Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program and Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program 
  • Analyze and advise on required compliance testing (e.g., ADP/ACP, 415, coverage testing), including analysis of Separate Lines of Business for QSOLB qualification
  • Review domestic relationship orders and power of attorneys
  • Conduct compliance reviews of plan documents to confirm compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Perform other responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of the design and operation of retirement plans and some working knowledge of health and welfare plans
  • Working knowledge of legal requirements applicable to retirement and welfare benefits (e.g., ERISA and Internal Revenue Code) required.
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion involving sensitive and confidential matters
  • Ability to work independently as well as on a team and collaborate effectively across the EBEC practice group in all offices
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all levels of firm personnel and outside clients and vendors
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail, even when under pressure
  • Ability to work and manage projects in a deadline driven environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • In-depth understanding of Microsoft Office suite is preferred, with an ability to quickly learn and utilize additional software solutions
  • Demonstrates a "can do" attitude and initiative to assist on a variety of projects
  • Demonstrates a willingness to learn and develop skills

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or any combination of experience and education that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Licenses and certifications such as Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA), etc. helpful but not mandatory.

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