Williston Chapter Meeting – Employee Benefits Workshop

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A health and retirement benefits workshop for yourself and your employees including discussion on how benefits may be impacted by COVID-19.

* A Zoom link will be provided prior to the event date. This event is free and open to both WBON members and non-members.

Interested in establishing or sponsoring a retirement plan for you and your employees but aren’t sure which plan fits your needs? Our workshop will assist small employers in making this decision. The workshop will help you understand the types of retirement plans available, the tax benefits and consequences of each, along with the federal law governing these type plans.

We will also be discussing how COVID-19 and the Cares Act provisions apply to health and retirement benefit plans.

Strong fiduciary oversight and protecting workers’ benefits is one of the highest priorities of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). However, we recognize that understanding and complying with ERISA can be challenging for any employer, but especially so for small and medium sized employers with limited time, resources and/or access to professional assistance.

Our workshop will also help you comply with federal laws regarding your health plan and answer your questions about new laws and issues. We will provide practical information, helpful tips and clarification regarding federal health benefits laws. The laws covered in this workshop include the Affordable Care Act COBRA, HIPAA, ERISA, Mental Health Parity, the Genetic Information Nondisclosure Act, the Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act and the Women’s Health and Caner Rights Act.

EBSA also wants to help you better understand how work and life changes can affect your health coverage. This workshop will help you understand what rights you and your family have under federal health benefit laws so that you can make timely and informed decisions when you need to. Join us to find out now how to make your health benefits work for you.


Janelle Polzer, J. D.

Janelle Polzer is a Senior Benefits Advisor with the Boston Regional Office of the U. S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). Ms. Polzer provides direct technical and compliance assistance to plan participants and their beneficiaries, administrators, fiduciaries, services providers and other interested parties regarding their rights and obligations under the statutory and regulatory provisions of ERISA, ACA, HIPAA, COBRA and related legislation. In addition, Ms. Polzer trains and mentors new staff members joining EBSA.

Prior to joining EBSA, Ms. Polzer served as a law clerk for the Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s office in Boston. She was a part of the Health Care Fraud Unit, working on national pharmaceutical investigations. Ms. Polzer obtained her Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude, from Emmanuel College in 2006. Ms. Polzer earned her JD from Nova Southeastern University and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in November 2011.

Rebecca De Chellis, J. D.

Rebecca De Chellis is a Benefits Advisor with the Boston Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. In her role as a Benefits Advisor, Ms. De Chellis provides technical assistance to plan participants and administrators regarding their rights and obligations relating to employer sponsored benefits plans. She also conducts outreach and education on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and related laws throughout New England.

Before joining EBSA, Ms. De Chellis worked for the City of Boston as Investigator in the Office of Fair Housing and Equity, conducting civil rights investigations. She completed her undergraduate studies in Criminal Justice and Political Science at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA and was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 2017.


May 6, 2020
8:30 am - 10:00 am
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WBON – Women Business Owners Network
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