Bethany Bacci

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Bethany Bacci is a member of Stoel Rives’ Employee Benefits Group and counsels public and private employers on how to stay in compliance with the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, and the other statutory and regulatory regimes; qualified and nonqualified retirement plans; health and welfare plans; and executive compensation arrangements. In an ever-changing regulatory environment, Bethany assists clients with staying on top of legal developments and current industry trends, including everything from pension derisking to changes in health care reform. In corporate transactions, she assists clients with identifying potential liability, assessing risks, and analyzing opportunities for synergy. She regularly handles plan spinoffs and mergers. Bethany has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law practice area for 2013 to 2019.

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Is Any Pandemic Relief Still Available for Employee Benefit Plans?

Though much of U.S. government-sponsored pandemic relief has expired as the country approaches it third new year since its first reported cases of COVID-19, pandemic-related law changes exist that continue to impact employee benefit plans, and it is important that plan sponsors and administrators pay close attention to these changes as the new year approaches. … Continue Reading

Important Deadlines Delayed for Health and Welfare Plans due to COVID-19 Emergency: Impacts for Employer Plan Sponsors, Administrators, and Insurers

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a notification of relief, effective immediately, that extends certain critical deadlines in health, disability, and other welfare plans (Deadline Relief).[1] This Deadline Relief requires that these plans extend certain deadlines that affect … Continue Reading

Oregon Declines to Follow New Federal AHP Regulations

The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation (the “Division”) recently issued a bulletin clarifying Oregon law and guidance applicable to association health plans (“AHPs”), which are multiple employer welfare arrangements (“MEWAs”) under ERISA. In Bulletin No. DFR 2018-07 (the “Bulletin”), the Division declined to adopt the more flexible criteria established by the recent U.S. Department of … Continue Reading