Monday, April 12, 2021

When Employers Offer Health Benefits to Non-Employees

Brought to you by:

Arrow Benefits Group

(707) 992-3780

In addition to offering health benefits to employees, many employers choose to extend benefits to non-employees, such as 1099 contractors, leased or temporary employees, members of a board of directors, shared employees, interns, and more. This practice has risks that must be evaluated to ensure employers are compliant with federal regulations, including Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, and the ACA. This webinar will help employers understand the risks in covering non-employees and best practices in exploring the possibility of doing so.

This webinar will:

  • Review the basics of plan eligibility under Section 125 and ERISA
  • Discuss the potential liability of inadvertently creating a MEWA by covering non-employees
  • Review basic IRS reporting obligations for large employers
  • Review potential issues that arise when a board member receives compensation from the employer, in addition to health benefits
  • Review potential tax implications for covering non-employees
  • Discuss whether non-employees are included in head counts for federal regulation compliance, such as COBRA, Medicare Secondary Payer, Form 5500 filings, and more
  • Provide best practices when an employer is considering offering coverage to non-employees

This 60-minute intermediate level webinar will help employers understand the complexity of covering non-employees.


Lorie Maring is Of Counsel in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Fisher Phillips. She focuses her practice on helping employers navigate ERISA and other state and federal laws impacting the design, implementation, and ongoing compliance of their employee benefit plans and programs.

Ms. Maring regularly advises clients on the Affordable Care Act, health and welfare benefits, qualified plans, executive compensation, MEWAs, and multiemployer plan issues.

She also represents employers in managing IRS and DOL audits, HIPAA compliance and fiduciary obligations. She serves clients in the public and private sector, including non-profit organizations and trade associations.

Ms. Maring received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, S.C.

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