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Beth  Alcalde
Beth  Alcalde
Office Managing Partner 
222 Lakeview Avenue
Suite 400
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
 
Tel:
561.653.5000
Fax:
561.659.6313
 
 

Beth Alcalde serves as the office managing partner of Akerman's Palm Beach County offices. Beth 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.
 
Representative Experience
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Designing, drafting, and assisting in implementation of all types of health and welfare benefit plans.
 
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Reviewing existing or proposed employee benefit plan documents, including summary plan descriptions, for technical compliance.
 
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Preparing and reviewing employee benefits-related disclosures and procedures, including policies and procedures manuals.
 
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Correcting errors and addressing compliance issues in employee benefit plans.
 
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Assisting in the day-to-day administrative questions related to various employee benefit plans.
 
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Negotiating and advising on the legal treatment of employee benefit plans in business acquisitions and reorganizations.
 
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Advising on employee benefits issues involved in hiring, layoff, and discipline situations.
 
Published Works & Lectures
 
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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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Employee Benefits Institute of America, Contributing Author, Cafeteria Plan Manual, (ongoing basis)
 
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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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Catholic Lawyers' Guild of St. Joseph
 

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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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