Students are graduating from college with higher student loan debt than ever before, and even many older employees are still carrying student loan debt or helping their children pay off loans that were guaranteed by parents. The debt burden affects many aspects of employee life, including delaying home ownership, hampering the ability to save for retirement, and readiness to marry and start a family. Employers that help employees address student loans may find it easier to recruit and retain quality employees as well as to improve employee morale. Congress is considering legislation that would provide tax-free methods for employers to assist employees with student loan debt, but nothing has yet been passed. In the meantime, there are ways that employers can provide help to employees with student loan debt.
Please join Christine Williams as she reviews methods that employers are currently using to assist employees address student loan debt.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- The new IRS private ruling that allows an employer to make 401(k) plan contributions for employees who are paying student loans
- How “student loan assessment” services operate
- The pros and cons of student loan consolidation
- Student loan refinancing programs
- Taxable salary addition programs by employers
- Statistics on employers offering programs to assist with student loans
- The status of tuition reimbursement programs for current employees
- How Section 529 plans can help employees who are parents save for their children’s education
- AND MUCH MORE!
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “Student Loans Burdening Employees: How Employers Can Help, and the New IRS Ruling” is Christine Williams. Ms. Williams has worked in the employee benefits field since 1987, both in private practice and as in-house counsel to a Fortune 100 company, and recently founded HealthPlanPlainTalk.com, an online resource for benefit plan sponsors and employee benefit professionals. She has extensive experience with all types of health and welfare plans, and was the editor and a contributing author of HIPAA Portability, Privacy, & Security, published by the Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA), a division of Thomson Reuters, and is now a contributor to that publication. She was a contributing author of Health Care Reform for Employers and Advisors, also published by EBIA. She has provided advice on HIPAA, health care reform, and benefit plan compliance to a wide range of health plans, employers that sponsor health plans, and business associates, and she regularly teaches seminars for employee benefit professionals. Before moving into employee benefits, Ms. Williams was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.