Area Vice President, Compliance Counsel

Client Consulting & Support
82237 Requisition #

Employee Benefits Compliance Attorney / Senior Consultant

Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. (GBS)

Gallagher is a global leader in insurance, risk management and consulting services. We help businesses grow, communities thrive and people prosper. We live a culture defined by The Gallagher Way, our set of shared values and guiding tenets. A culture driven by our people, over 30,000 strong, serving our clients with customized solutions that will protect them and fuel their futures.

Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. (GBS) consistently stands out in a competitive marketplace as an employer of knowledgeable, highly skilled and competitive talent. We are a company that touches businesses and their employees on a personal level. At the core, our job is to help protect the health and well-being of employees and their families and provide for their financial security – all while allowing employers to attract and retain the people they need to grow and succeed.

As a member of our Benefits and Human Resources consulting team, you’ll help our clients – employers of all sizes, across all industries – build workplaces that work better.

Position Summary:

  • Provides producers, account managers and clients with timely and accurate analyses of current legislative initiatives and regulations.
  • Provides clients with well-researched recommendations leading clients to take appropriate actions to conform to changes in the legislative or regulatory environment.
  • Interprets source materials and provides guidance and advice to corporate staff as well as branch office staff.
  • Participates in client sales and retention efforts as an active part of the Sales and Consulting teams, including business development calls and meetings, RFP response support, and prospective and existing client-facing presentations and conversations.
  • Assists producers and account managers in developing appropriate action steps to assure legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Conducts internal employee training on selected legislative and regulatory topics.
  • Provides prototype information summaries, compliance checklists, model letters and other consulting tools needed to support consultants and account managers.
  • Support compliance help desk as necessary to answer questions regarding compliance issues.
  • Provides assistance in drafting, editing and producing any newsletters and technical bulletins.
  • Oversees organization, updates and maintenance of all survey materials and makes them accessible to all employees.
  • Evaluates potential new survey material and makes recommendations for changes to existing survey subscriptions
  • Supports consultants to help clients understand changes to benefit laws, implications to their benefit plans, and necessary steps to be in compliance.
  • Conducts compliance reviews for clients; creates a compliance gap analysis that outlines compliance considerations and identifies suggestions for becoming more compliant. Provides samples of documents when available, and works with internal teams to perform necessary follow up.
  • Works with internal teams to address and resolve complex compliance issues for clients, including resolution of Form 5500 filing errors, compliance with ACA reporting requirements, and mergers and acquisitions support.
  • Responds to questions from clients of partnering organizations
  • Facilitates client requests and document management in the event of an audit of client's health and welfare plans.
  • Works collaboratively with internal teams to develop tools and resources to facilitate compliance with health and welfare plan legal obligations.
  • Subject matter expert for compliance projects, for both external and internal purposes.
  • Identifies potential different service offerings for clients and works to develop potential solutions for the new services.
  • Develops and maintains networking relationships with subject matter experts in employee benefits law.
  • Understands regulatory processes, tracking legislation relevant to employee benefit plans, and attending educational conferences and events.
  • Creates and delivers presentations through Gallagher and partner organizations to educate the market on the legal aspects of health and welfare benefits plans.
  • Assists consultants in developing compliance presentations.
  • Works with internal teams to create written compliance resources, including white papers, FAQs, and other resources for internal and external education.
  • Educates and provides support to internal team members and clients to identify and understand benefits compliance issues.
  • Assists regional lead in developing practical solutions for clients to comply with federal and state regulations that impact health and welfare plans.
  • Stays abreast of federal and state laws applying to health and welfare plans, such as ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, ACA, the Internal Revenue Code, and state benefit mandates.
  • Some travel required
  • Juris Doctorate required
  • 5-7 years related professional experience
  • Extensive working knowledge of ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, ACA, cafeteria plans, nondiscrimination rules, HIPAA, COVID-19-related benefits laws, and other federal, legal and regulatory topics.

U.S. Eligibility Requirements:

  • Interested candidates must submit an application and resume/CV online to be considered
  • Are you 18 years of age or older or can you demonstrate legal capacity to enter a contract?
  • Must be willing to submit to a background investigation; any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.  For U.S. employment opportunities, Gallagher hires U.S. citizens, permanent residents, asylees, refugees, and temporary residents. Temporary residence does not include those with non-immigrant work authorization (F, J, H or L visas), such as students in practical training status. Exceptions to these requirements will be determined based on shortage of qualified candidates with a particular skill. Gallagher will require proof of work authorization
  • Must be willing to execute Gallagher's Employee Agreement or Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement, which require, among other things, post-employment obligations relating to non-solicitation, confidentiality and non-disclosure

Gallagher offers competitive salaries and benefits, including: medical/dental/vision plans, life and accident insurance, 401(K), employee stock purchase plan, educational expense reimbursement, employee assistance program, flexible work hours (availability varies by office and job function) training programs, matching gift program, and more.  

Gallagher believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against nor favor any applicant because of race, sex, color, disability, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, citizenship, veteran status, gender, gender identity / expression, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic. Equal employment opportunity will be extended in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, layoff, and termination. In addition, Gallagher will make reasonable accommodations to known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business.

Please Note:

Gallagher never extends an offer of employment or requests any personal identification information without having received an online application and conducted one or more in-person or video interviews. If you have received any communication referencing the offer of a job at Gallagher and you have not submitted an online application or been interviewed by a Gallagher employee, please do not assume that the offer is being sent from a legitimate Gallagher representative.

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