Karen E. Gelula is counsel in the firm's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group.
Karen’s practice encompasses all areas of employee benefits law and executive compensation, focusing on the design, governance, operation and compliance of qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans.
Welfare Plans. Karen counsels clients on issues related to compliance with all aspects of the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”), such as reporting and tracking issues, and the application of the ACA to striking union workers. She conducts training sessions for HR managers and supervisors regarding the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. She advises clients with respect to medical and disability appeals, plan documentation, summary plan descriptions and other disclosures, third-party provider agreements, subrogation and reimbursement, health plan continuation and VEBA administration. While she is new to Drinker, in her previous employment, Karen assisted a Fortune 50 company with the implementation of the ACA, performed a flexible spending account audit, defended a Department of Labor audit of a welfare plan and advised on the implementation of nondiscriminatory wellness programs.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Karen E. Gelula