Beth  Alcalde
Beth  Alcalde
222 Lakeview Avenue
Suite 400
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Beth Alcalde has experience with employer-sponsored benefit plans, including those plans' compliance with the various federal laws and regulations, including ERISA, federal healthcare reform, COBRA, and HIPAA. She regularly assists clients with internal audits of their 401(K) and health and welfare plans, including cafeteria plans, to satisfy plan documentation, participant disclosure, and government reporting obligations. Beth has advised clients on complex compliance issues related to the benefits-related implications of corporate transactions, including with regard to qualified retirement plans. She has also handled multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs), and has represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Designing, drafting, and assisting in implementation of all types of health and welfare benefit plans.
Reviewing existing or proposed employee benefit plan documents, including summary plan descriptions, for technical compliance.
Preparing and reviewing employee benefits-related disclosures and procedures, including policies and procedures manuals.
Correcting errors and addressing compliance issues in employee benefit plans.
Assisting in the day-to-day administrative questions related to various employee benefit plans.
Negotiating and advising on the legal treatment of employee benefit plans in business acquisitions and reorganizations.
Advising on employee benefits issues involved in hiring, layoff, and discipline situations.

Florida Hospital Association, Speaker, "Self-Insured Group Health Plans and Other Employer-Based HIPAA Privacy and Security Issues," April 11, 2014
Akerman Nineteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Affordable Care Act – What Employers Need to Know," April 2014
HR Martin County, Speaker, "Practical Guidance for 2014 Health Care Reform Tasks," March 19, 2014
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
National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants, Speaker, "Health Care Reform Update," January 14, 2014
Akerman Eighteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Employee Benefit Plans: Common Compliance Pitfalls and How to Avoid," April 2013
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
Employee Benefits Institute of America, Contributing Author, Cafeteria Plan Manual, (ongoing basis)
HR Florida 2010 Conference & Expo: Hot Topics in the Employee Benefits Compliance World, August 30, 2010
Palm Coast Association of Health Underwriters, The COBRA Subsidy: What You Need to Know, April 2009
South Florida Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists, New Cafeteria Plan Regulations, September 2008
Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Health and Welfare Plans: Major Compliance Issues and Other Potential Liabilities, October 2007

Crain's New York Business, Quoted, "Businesses are gearing up for growth," January 2014

The Florida Bar, Member
The State Bar of Georgia, Inactive
South Florida Executive Forum, Member
Catholic Lawyers' Guild of St. Joseph

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Beth  Alcalde


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1999
B.S., University of Florida, 1996; cum laude

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