Katherine “Kathy” Conklin advises employers nationwide on employment law compliance and employee benefits matters. In her employment law practice, Kathy counsels employers on compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and other workplace laws, from handbook design to termination considerations. Kathy enjoys developing solutions for clients who struggle with troubled employees, and frequently drafts severance agreements under the Older Workers Benefits Protection Act (OWBPA).
A board-certified specialist in tax and estate planning, Kathy draws on her depth of experience in the employee benefits arena to assist employers in designing retirement plans such as 401(k) plans and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), as well as health benefit plans that best suit employers’ needs. She also counsels on maintaining those plans’ compliance with applicable tax and labor laws such as ERISA, Continuation of Health Coverage (COBRA), and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and when necessary, participating in governmental correction programs such as the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) and the Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program (DFVCP).