Amelia is an Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation attorney who assists employers of every size and structure (publicly held, privately held, not-for-profit and public sector) answer their benefit questions and solve their compliance issues.
Amelia has particular expertise with health, welfare and flexible benefits (Section 125 Cafeteria) plans, including the health care reform requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka "Obamacare"), the portability and privacy requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the coverage continuation requirements of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).
In the retirement plan arena, Amelia works with church retirement income plans, 401(k) and 403(b) plans, as well as traditional defined benefit plans and hybrid plans such as cash balance and PEP arrangements. She also advises on stock-based compensation arrangements, such as stock option plans, stock purchase plans and ESOPS.
In an era where improperly structured executive deferred compensation can lead to large 409A excise taxes, Amelia's clients find value with her reviewing employment and severance agreements for unexpected non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements.
Amelia is a frequent speaker on employee benefit issues and former Chair of the Northeast Pension Liaison Group and the President of the New York Employee Benefits Conference.