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Overview

Judith Wethall’s practice focuses on employee benefits, specifically health and welfare programs. She counsels employers, plan administrators, insurers and consultants on a wide range of ERISA compliance issues. Judith's clients include sole proprietors to Fortune 100 companies and cover a variety of industries including healthcare, technology, manufacturing, insurance and financial. She has extensive experience in:

  • Health care reform
  • Medicaid/Medicare issues
  • Disability leave and FMLA
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security compliance
  • Subrogation and claims reimbursement issues
  • Coordination of benefits issues
  • State and local compliance issues
  • Wellness program design and compliance
  • Consumer driven health care initiatives, including HRAs and HSAs
  • Health care continuation coverage (COBRA)
  • Fringe benefit programs
  • Executive physical programs
  • Cafeteria plans
  • Domestic partnership coverage

Judith represents clients before state and federal departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Office of Civil Rights with regard to HIPAA privacy/security violations and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with regard to Medicare retiree subsidies and the Department of Labor (DOL) with regard to health and welfare plan audits. Judith has extensive experience with payroll audits and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Former Committee Member

Worldwide Employee Benefits Network (WEB)

Recognition

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2014-2016

News, Analysis & Press

Top 10 Health Plan Traps for 2016

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

August 18, 2015

Reviewing the SBC: Test Your Skills

Bloomberg BNA Pension & Benefits Daily

August 20, 2012

Employers turn to consumer-based health initiatives

American Medical News

August 17, 2012

Controlled Groups and Your 401(k) Plan - Do You Know What the Left Hand Is Doing?

Benefits and Compensation Law Alert

2007

How to Increase 401(k) Plan Participation - Design and Communication Enhancements

Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal

July 7, 2006

Speaking Engagements

Littler’s 6th Annual Brewers Briefing 2016

Milwaukee, WI

September 7, 2016

The Affordable Care Act: Imperatives for Employers in 2016 and Beyond

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 5, 2016

How Responsible Are Employers for Employees’ Well-Being?

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 4, 2016

Investing in the Future: Creating Wealth Through Health

Business Podcast - VoiceAmerica

December 18, 2013

Pay or Play

November 27, 2012

Baking Employee Benefits without Medical Coverage - A Recipe for Disaster or a Competitive Shortcut?

American Bakers Association (ABA) Webinar

October 18, 2012

The Legislative and Regulatory Landscape for PEOs — An Examination of Critical Employee Benefits

NAPEO Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

October 2, 2012

Health Care Reform – NOW What?

Annual Meeting - American Bakers Association

July 16, 2012

HSAs: Passing Fad or Wave of the Future?

Client Presentation

February 7, 2012

2010 IRS Employment Tax Audits: Do you know what the IRS is looking for, and are your programs up to par?

Firm Presentation

February 10, 2010

Education

  • J.D., Stetson University School of Law, 1997 cum laude
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985

Bar Admission

Illinois