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Nicole D. Bogard

Partner

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 885-7981
Fax: (404) 724-1781
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Nicole Bogard is partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department. She collaborates with executives, in-house counsel and human resource professionals at publicly traded and private companies to design compliant total rewards programs that facilitate business objectives.  Ms. Bogard is a trusted advisor for companies navigating the complicated tax and ERISA laws, by providing clients with understandable and practical advice.  Although Ms. Bogard has considerable experience with counseling clients on assorted employee benefit issues, her practice has a particular emphasis on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform), HIPAA privacy and security rules, wellness programs, self-funded health plans, COBRA administration, and nondiscrimination rules.  She represents clients with matters before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL).
 
Ms. Bogard leads the firm's Atlanta office's ERISA, Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits practice.  Recognized as an engaging national speaker, she is frequently asked to present on Health Care Reform and a variety of employee benefit issues for clients and professional organizations.
 
Ms. Bogard also advises plan sponsors on the design and operation of employee benefit plans, including 401(k) plans, flexible benefit plans, wellness programs, severance plans, and VEBAs. She creates and drafts wrap plan documents, summary plan descriptions and plan administrative forms in compliance with the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA. Her other specialties include assisting clients with understanding ERISA fiduciary obligations, negotiating third party administrator services agreements for employee benefit plans and correcting employee benefit plan administrative errors through the DOL and IRS voluntary correction programs.
Nicole Bogard is partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department. She collaborates with executives, in-house counsel and human resource professionals at publicly traded and private companies to design compliant total rewards programs that facilitate business objectives.  Ms. Bogard is a trusted advisor for companies navigating the complicated tax and ERISA laws, by providing clients with understandable and practical advice.  Although Ms. Bogard has considerable experience with counseling clients on assorted employee benefit issues, her practice has a particular emphasis on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform), HIPAA privacy and security rules, wellness programs, self-funded health plans, COBRA administration, and nondiscrimination rules.  She represents clients with matters before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL).
 
Ms. Bogard leads the firm's Atlanta office's ERISA, Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits practice.  Recognized as an engaging national speaker, she is frequently asked to present on Health Care Reform and a variety of employee benefit issues for clients and professional organizations.
 
Ms. Bogard also advises plan sponsors on the design and operation of employee benefit plans, including 401(k) plans, flexible benefit plans, wellness programs, severance plans, and VEBAs. She creates and drafts wrap plan documents, summary plan descriptions and plan administrative forms in compliance with the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA. Her other specialties include assisting clients with understanding ERISA fiduciary obligations, negotiating third party administrator services agreements for employee benefit plans and correcting employee benefit plan administrative errors through the DOL and IRS voluntary correction programs.

Education

  • J.D., Marquette University Law School (1995)
    cum laude
  • B.A., University of Michigan (1991)

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • Florida
  • Wisconsin

Representative Engagements

  • Serves as Employee Benefits Counsel to several large national employer/plan sponsors, including:
    - A leading national restaurant chain.
    - A successful national entertainment company with pizza restaurants, professional sports teams and casino hotels.
    - The Midwest’s largest sporting goods chain.
    - National healthcare providers and hospitals.
  • Represents several large plan sponsors on correction compliance issues and audits, including voluntary correction programs and negotiations with Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor
  • Represents many large public companies and private employers as to employee benefit issues related to corporate mergers and acquisitions, including the integration of benefits plans following the transaction

Presentations

  • “Top Five Health Care Reform Obligations Employers Need to Know Now for 2014,” (April 14, 2014)
  • “HRMAC Affordable Care Act and Health Care Reform Update - The Latest Guidance,” (April 30, 2014)
  • “Health Care Reform:  The Employer Mandate,” (May 14, 2013)
  • "Play or Pay and 90 Day Waiting Period: Emerging Issues in Health Care Reform," (March 20, 2013)
  • "Healthcare Reform for the Healthcare Provider," (March 11, 2013)
  • "Provide Health Coverage or Pay a Tax Penalty: What Employers Need to Know," (February and March 2013)
  • “Safe Harbor Methods for Determining Full-Time Employees Under Health Care Reform,” (December 12, 2012)
  • “Health Care Reform After the Election,” (December 11, 2012)
  • “The Impact of Health Care Reform on Employer’s and What’s to Come,” (October 18, 2012)
  • “Current Issues for Qualified Plan Sponsors,” (October 16, 2012)