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Beth Alcalde

Office Managing Partner 
777 South Flagler Drive
Suite 1100 West Tower
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
 
Tel:
561.653.5000
Fax:
561.659.6313
 
1875 NW Corporate Boulevard
Suite 275
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Beth Alcalde serves as managing partner of Akerman's Palm Beach County offices. A noted employee benefits lawyer, author, and speaker, she represents Fortune 500 companies and other public and private entities, including those in the hospitality and healthcare sectors, throughout the United States.

Beth provides counsel on employer-sponsored benefit plans, from compliance with ERISA, the Affordable Care Act, and other federal regulations, to internal audits and benefits-related implications of corporate transactions. She assists clients in defending and responding to audits conducted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Beth is a contributing author on benefits compliance topics for the Employee Benefits Institute of America and a frequent speaker on employer compliance, privacy, and security issues. She has been recognized as a “Power Leader in Law” and one of the “Top 25 Influential Business Women” by South Florida Business Journal.
 
Representative Experience
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Compliance: Represents clients in complying with federal laws and regulations, including ERISA, the Affordable Care Act, COBRA, and HIPAA. Assists with internal audits of 401(K) and health and welfare plans, including cafeteria plans, to satisfy plan documentation, participant disclosure, and government reporting obligations.
 
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Transactions: Represents clients on complex compliance issues related to the benefits-related implications of corporate transactions, including qualified retirement plans. Advises in all aspects of employee stock ownership plans, including their formation, implementation, and regulation. Handles multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs). Represents clients before the IRS and the DOL.
 
Awards & Recognition
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South Florida Business Journal, Recognized as one of 2015's Most Influential Business Women
 
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South Florida Business Journal 2017, 2015, Listed as a South Florida Power Leader in Law
 
Published Works & Lectures
 
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Employee Benefits Institute of America, Contributing Author, ERISA Compliance for Health and Welfare Plans, (ongoing)
 
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Employee Benefits Institute of America, Contributing Author, Cafeteria Plan Manual, (2008-2016)
 
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2016 Spring Business Connection, Speaker, "Compliance and Regulations Regarding Employer/Plan Sponsors," March 22, 2016
 
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Akerman Twentieth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Affordable Care Act – Latest Developments for Employers," September 2015
 
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fiCFO Value Add Session, Speaker, "Affordable Care Act Developments and Compliance Strategies," December 10, 2014
 
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Florida Hospital Association, Speaker, "Self-Insured Group Health Plans and Other Employer-Based HIPAA Privacy and Security Issues," April 11, 2014
 
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Akerman Nineteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Affordable Care Act - What Employers Need to Know," April 2014
 
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HR Martin County, Speaker, "Practical Guidance for 2014 Health Care Reform Tasks," March 19, 2014
 
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FODIRH RED, Speaker, "Centralization vs. Decentralization of HR Companies with a Presence in the United States: Practical Implications of Health Care Reform," Madrid, February 5, 2014
 
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National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants, Speaker, "Health Care Reform Update," January 14, 2014
 
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Akerman Eighteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Employee Benefit Plans: Common Compliance Pitfalls and How to Avoid," April 2013
 
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South Palm Beach County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law and ERISA Retirement Planning Committees Seminar, Panelist, "The Affordable Care Act: The Supreme Court Spoke, The Election is Over, Now What?," December 2012
 
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HR Florida 2010 Conference & Expo: Hot Topics in the Employee Benefits Compliance World, August 30, 2010
 
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Palm Coast Association of Health Underwriters, The COBRA Subsidy: What You Need to Know, April 2009
 
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South Florida Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists, New Cafeteria Plan Regulations, September 2008
 
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Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Health and Welfare Plans: Major Compliance Issues and Other Potential Liabilities, October 2007
 
Representative Published Work and Lectures
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Crain's New York Business, Quoted, "Businesses are gearing up for growth," January 2014
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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The Florida Bar, Member
 
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The State Bar of Georgia, Inactive
 
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South Florida Executive Forum, Member
 
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The Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Member
 
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Catholic Lawyers' Guild of St. Joseph
 
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Martin County Bar Association – Professionalism Committee Chairperson
 
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Marathon of the Treasure Coast, Sponsor Team Volunteer
 
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Martin County Little League, Volunteer
 

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Beth  Alcalde

Practice
Tax
Education
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1999
B.S., University of Florida, 1996; cum laude
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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