Events & Seminars

HitesmanLaw has years of experience presenting employee
benefits information to non-legal and legal audiences.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

2023

No Events Planned Yet

Past Speaking Engagements
Non-Legal Audiences

July 15, 2020 – Webinar hosted by EBIA (Thomson Reuters):  Learning the Ropes: An Introduction to ERISA Compliance for Group Health Plans

June 11, 2020 – Webinar hosted by EBIA (Thomson Reuters):  Health FSA and DCAP Nondiscrimination Rules: Design and Testing Fundamentals

June 16, 2020 – Webinar hosted by Chard Snyder:  COVID-19 Webinar Series:  IRS Notices 2020-29 & 2020-33 and How They Impact Savings & Spending Accounts – Part II

June 9, 2020 – Webinar hosted by Chard Snyder:  COVID-19 Webinar Series:  IRS Notices 2020-29 & 2020-33 and How They Impact Savings & Spending Accounts – Part I

May 28, 2020 – Webinar hosted by EBIA (Thomson Reuters):  Cafeteria Plan Nondiscrimination Rules: Design and Testing Fundamentals

May 15, 2020 – Webinar hosted by HR Simplified:  IRS Notices 2020-29 and 2020-33 – The Impact to Your Business

April 29, 2020 – Webinar hosted by EBIA (Thomson Reuters):  Form 5500 for Health and Welfare Plans: Preparation and Filing

April 21, 2020 – Webinar hosted by ChardSnyder, BPC, and Swerdlin & Company:  COVID-19 and Its Impact on Health Plans, HSAs, and Cafeteria Plans

April 15, 2020 – Webinar hosted by HR Simplified:  COVID-19 – Health Plans, HSAs, and Cafeteria Plans:  Now What?

April 9, 2020 – Webinar hosted by Alerus:  Making Sense of COVID-19’s Impact on Benefits and Programs

March 31, 2020 – Webinar hosted by OneDigital Health and Benefits:  $2 Trillion CARES Act – What’s in it for employers and the benefits they offer

March 24, 2020 – Webinar hosted by OneDigital Health and Benefits:  Families First Coronavirus Response Act – What you should do and by when?

February 27, 2020 – Seminar hosted by MN CLE – Advanced Employee Benefits Workshop:  How to Limit Liability in Design and Implementation of Severance Agreements

February 5, 2020 – Webinar hosted by EBIA (Thomson Reuters):  Group Health Plan Eligibility: Design Decisions and Compliance Audits

January 16, 2020 – Minnesota School Board Association Leadership Conference:  Funding Sources and Methods for Supplemental Retirement Plans.

November 7, 2019 – Webinar hosted by EBIA (Thomson Reuters):  DOL Investigations: Tips and Best Practices

October 3, 2019 – Webinar hosted by EBIA (Thomson Reuters):  Governmental and Church Group Health Plans: What Rules Apply?

September 9, 2019 – UBA Compliance Summit:  An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure (COBRA, Nondiscrimination Testing)

September 11, 2019 – Webinar hosted by EBIA (Thomson Reuters):  Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them: Cafeteria Plans, Health FSAs, and DCAPs

August 6-8, 2019 – Annual Symposium hosted by ECFC:  Educational Session – Are You My Employer?

July 16-19, 2019 – Annual Advanced Cafeteria Plans and Benefits Conference hosted by EBIA (Thomson Reuters)

April 17, 2019– MASPA Webinar re: Restating your 403(b) Plan Document


April 28, 2016 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA); Webinar: Form 5500

May 12, 2016 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA); Webinar: Cafeteria Plans and Nondiscrimination Testing

May 17, 2016 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA); Cafeteria Plans; Minneapolis, Minnesota.

May 25, 2016 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA); Webinar: Health FSA/DCAP Nondiscrimination Testing

July 13, 2016 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA); Advanced Cafeteria Plans and Benefits Conference 2016; Seattle, WA

August 11, 2016 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA); Webinar: Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them: Cafeteria Plans, Health FSAs, and DCAPs

September 15, 2016 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA); Webinar: Bundled v. Unbundled Plans: Health Care Reform Implications

September 28, 2016 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA); Webinar: Group Health Plan Eligibility: Design Decisions and Compliance Audits

JANUARY 29, 2015 – Corporate Health Systems, Inc.; Annual Healthcare Reform Summit; Affordable Care Act; Minneapolis, MN.

FEBRUARY 19, 2015 – Johnson McCann; Client Webinar; Health Care Reform Update.

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA) Webinar; Medicare Mistakes.

MARCH 26, 2015 – Region V; Annual Spring Conference; Affordable Care Act Requirements – Where You Are At and Where You Should Be; Austin, MN.

APRIL 10, 2015 – National Business Institute (NBI) – Webcast – Designing and Maintaining Employee Benefit Plan Documents

APRIL 8, 2015Evolution1; Partner Conference; The Technical Legal Issues Arising Under the Tax-Qualified Products; co-presented with Chris Byrd, President and COO of Evolution1; Scottsdale, AZ.

JUNE 16 – 19, 2015National Association of Professional Benefits Administrators; Annual Owners Conference; Boston, MA

JULY 15 – 17, 2015 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA); Advanced Cafeteria Plans and Benefits Conference 2014; Minneapolis, MN.

JULY 15 – 17, 2014 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA); Advanced Cafeteria Plans and Benefits Conference 2014; Seattle, Washington.

JUNE 3, 2014 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA); Cafeteria Plans; Cleveland, Ohio.

MAY 20, 2014 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA); Cafeteria Plans; Minneapolis, Minnesota.

MAY 13, 2014 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA); Cafeteria Plans; Orlando, Florida.

APRIL 30, 2014 – Minnesota Dakota Association of School Business Officials; Spring Conference; Goldmine Session:  FMLA; Breezy Pointe, MN.

APRIL 29, 2014 – Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA); Cafeteria Plans; New York, New York.

APRIL 23, 2014 – South Dakota Association of School Business Officials; 48th Annual SDASBO Spring Conference; ACA and Recordkeeping, Negotiations, etc.; Pierre, SD.

APRIL 22, 2014 – Boen & Associates, Inc.; Client Seminar; Health Care Reform Update; Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

APRIL 10, 2014 – Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT); Certificate of Human Resource Management Program.

APRIL 3, 2014 – Region V Computer Services 24th  Annual Spring Conference; Health Care Reform Part I & Part II; Austin, MN.

MARCH 4, 2014 – March & McLellan Agency; Annual Insurance Workshop/School Risk Prevention Workshop; Healthcare Reform & Workers’ Compensation; Blaine, Minnesota.

FEBRUARY 26, 2014 – Johnson McCann; Client Webinar; Health Care Reform Update.

FEBRUARY 4, 2014 – Region V Computer Services; Regional Meeting; Health Care Reform Updates; St. Cloud, MN.

JANUARY 30, 2014 – Corporate Health Systems, Inc.; Health Care Reform Updates; ; Medina, MN

National Association of Professional Benefits Administrators; Webinar; Impact of Recent Guidance on the $500 Carry Over for Health FSAs: What You Need to Know; November 15, 2013

Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation; Health Care Reform Updates; December 3, 2013; Bloomington; MN.

MACA/MCHRMA Fall Conference; Health Care Reform Challenges; October 4, 2013; Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge.

Onyx Benefits; Health Care Reform Updates; October 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN.

GPRS Conference; Health Care Reform Updates; October 17, 2013; Golden Valley, MN.

CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services, Inc., HIPAA HITECH Compliance; October 22, 2013; St. Louis Park, MN.

Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA) Webinar;  Account Based Plans Under HCR; October 24, 2013.

Association of School Business Officials (ASBO); Meeting and Exhibition; Health Care Reform; October 25-28, 2013; Boston, Massachusetts.

Gallagher Plan Sponsor Summit; The New Meaning of “Marriage” and “Spouse”:  Benefit Plan Impacts; September 26, 2013; Minneapolis, MN.

ECFC 2nd Wednesday Teleconference Series [Webinar]; TPA Licensing; September 11, 2013.

Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA), Advanced Cafeteria Plan and Benefits Conference; July 10-12, 2013; Seattle, Washington.

Twin Cities Chapter International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists; Health Care Reform; April 17, 2013.

Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA), Cafeteria Plans; April 23, 2013; Minneapolis, Minnesota.

TechPulse 2013 Conference; Health Care Reform Brief – What Changes Are Coming in 2014; April 30, 2013; St. Paul, Minnesota.

Onyx Benefit Advisors; Health Care Reform; May 7, 2013; Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Minnesota CLE, 2013 Business Law Institute; Plenary Session (with Kimberly A. Lowe & Dudley Ryan):  Federal Updates; May 8, 2013;Minneapolis, Minnesota

CBiz; Health Care Reform; May 9, 2013; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA), Cafeteria Plans; May 14, 2013; Dallas, Texas.

Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT), Health Care Reform; June 19, 2013; St. Cloud, Minnesota.

National Association of Professional Benefits Administrators, Owners and Executives Conference, Health Care Reform, June 26-28, 2013, Chicago, Illinois.

Johnson McCann and Apollo Insurance Agency; Webinar; Health Care Reform:  Roll Up Your Sleeves and Get To Work; January 17, 2013; St. Cloud, Minnesota.

C.O. Brown Insurance Agency; Webinar; Health Care Reform:  Size Matters for Play or Pay; February 26, 2013.

Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA) Webinar; DOL Audits of Health and Welfare Plans; February 14, 2013.

Alliance Benefit Group, Health Care Reform – Reality Check; February 13, 2013; Albert Lea, Minnesota.

National Association of Professional Benefits Administrators, Webinar; HRAs: Survival Under HCR; March 14, 2013.

Johnson McCann; Webinar; Health Care Reform:  Size Matters for Play or Pay; March 20, 2013.

Apollo Insurance Agency; Health Care Reform:  Size Matters for Play or Pay; St. Cloud, Minnesota; March 21, 2013.

MN Inter-County Association; ACA Implications for County Employers; January 18, 2013; St. Paul, Minnesota.

Corporate Health Systems, Inc.; Health Care Reform; January 30, 2013; Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Southeast Service Cooperative; Highly Compensated Employees and Related Issues; February 5, 2013; Rochester, Minnesota.

Minnesota Association of School Business Officials (MASBO); Winter Conference; Topic: Health Care Reform; February 7, 2013; Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Central Kentucky Association of Health Underwriter – Annual Symposium; Health Care Reform/Nondiscrimination Testing; February 19, 2013; Lexington, Kentucky.

Minnesota Counties Human Resources Management Association (MCHRMA); Health Care Reform Training; St. Cloud, Minnesota, March 6, 2013 and St. Paul, Minnesota, March 15, 2013.

Past Speaking Engagements
Legal Audiences

Minnesota CLE; Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference (Federal Tax Regulatory Update (panel discussion) and 13 Traps Every Business Lawyer Should Avoid); January 15-16, 2013; Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Minnesota CLE, 2012 Business Law Institute, May 9 & 10, 2012; Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education; How to Start & Build a Successful Law Practice; Panel Discussion:  Challenges in Starting Your Own Law Firm and How to Overcome Them; co-presented with Phil Gainsley, Dan Van Loh, and Lenny Segal (moderator); February 11, 2011.

Minnesota State Bar Association – Practice Management & Marketing Section, “From Solo to Small: Growing Your Practice from a One-Person Shop to a Small Law Firm”; January 12, 2011.

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education; Employment Law Institute; What You Don’t Spot Can Hurt You:  Benefits Bites for Employment and HR Professionals; May 24 and 25, 2010.

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education; How to Start & Build a Successful Law Practice; Panel Discussion:  Challenges in Starting Your Own Law Firm and How to Overcome Them; co-presented with Phillip Gainsley, Marilyn Michales, Daniel Van Loh, and Eric Cooperstein (moderator); February 18, 2010.

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education; Advanced Employment Issues; co-presented with Laurie Willard Olson (ADC Telecommunications); Employee Benefit Issues; January 29, 2010.

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education; Advanced Employee Benefits Workshop; Washington Update:  Beyond Health Care Reform; co-presented with Leslie Anderson, Dorsey & Whitney LLP) and Sharon Cohen (Towers Watson); January 28, 2010.

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education; Fundamentals of Employee Benefits for Non-Specialists; Navigating Through Economic Hard Times; November 18, 2009.

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education; Advanced Family Law – Solving the Most Difficult Problems in Divorce Cases; November 17, 2009 (topic:  continuation of health insurance (COBRA)).

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education; The 2nd Annual Family and Closely Held Business Conference; August 20, 2009 (topic:  continuation of health insurance (COBRA).)

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education; Advanced Employee Benefits Workshop; January 22, 2009; Cafeteria Plans; co-presented with Kevin Knopf (Internal Revenue Service) and Wendy Bunnell (Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson, P.A.).

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2006 Advanced Employee Benefits Workshop; HRAs and HSAs; January 19, 2006; Minneapolis, MN; Darcy Hitesman

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2005 Advanced Employee Benefits Workshop, Nondiscrimination Rules for Welfare Plans, January 20, 2005, Darcy Hitesman

Law Education Institute, Inc., National CLE Conference, Snowmass Village, Aspen Colorado, January 3-8, 2005, SSMs: Same Sex Marriage, Darcy Hitesman

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Fundamentals of Employee Benefits Practice, Employment Discrimination Laws Affecting Benefit Plans Employee Benefits Workshop, “Other Discrimination Concerns: Welfare (non-pension) Benefits“, August 5, 2004, Darcy Hitesman

Law Education Institute, Inc., National CLE Conference, “Stop-Loss: What It Is and What It Is Not,” Snowmass Village, Aspen Colorado, January 7, 2004, Darcy Hitesman

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Fundamentals of Employee Benefits Practice, Employment Discrimination Laws Affecting Benefit Plans Employee Benefits Workshop, “Other Discrimination Concerns: Welfare (non-pension) Benefits,” August 21, 2003, Darcy Hitesman

Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, COBRA, “How Changing the Plan Changes COBRA,” March 14, 2002, Darcy Hitesman

Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Reductions in Force, “RIFS: The Benefits Puzzle,” February 14, 2002, Darcy Hitesman

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Advance Employee Benefits Workshop, 2002, “ERISA Litigation Update,” Darcy Hitesman

Co-Chair, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Welfare Plans: The Importance of Plan Language, “Overview of ERISA,” February 1, 2001, Darcy Hitesman

Law Education Institute, Inc., Vail, Colorado, “Trust or Not to Trust – Self Insured Medical Plans,” January 6, 2001, Darcy Hitesman

Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, “COBRA Medical Continuation Coverage,” “Interplays: COBRA, FMLA, Other Leaves, Disability Coverages and Workers’ Compensation Coverages,” August 16, 2000, Darcy Hitesman

Council on Education and Management, “Keeping in Step with FMLA Changes,” October 20, 1999, Darcy Hitesman

Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Welfare Plans, “Dual Liability under ERISA and RICO,” October 14, 1999, Darcy Hitesman

Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Self-Insurance, 1999, “Long Term Care and Home Health Care Benefits,” Darcy Hitesman

Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, COBRA, 1999, “Interplays: COBRA, FMLA, Other Leaves, Disability Coverages and Workers Compensation Coverages,” Darcy Hitesman