Hall Benefits Law, LLC (HBL) offers employers comprehensive guidance on the Affordable Care Act, executive compensation, health and welfare benefits, and retirement plans. HBL’s timely and dependable solutions to business ERISA and Benefits legal issues reduce employer exposure to penalties and excise taxes.

About HBL

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HBL is an ERISA and Benefits law firm specializing in Affordable Care Act (ACA), executive compensation, health and welfare benefits and retirement plan legal compliance. We counsel a variety of clients, including small to mid-sized businesses, 401(k) investment advisors, health insurance brokers, accountants, attorneys and HR consultants, to name a few. HBL is passionate about advising clients and we are dedicated to our mission: to provide comprehensive, personalized and practical ERISA and Benefits legal solutions that exceed client expectations.


HBL adheres to the values of:

Integrity

At HBL, we collaborate with clients to provide fair and trustworthy guidance. Our clients repeatedly engage HBL for legal services because they know they can depend on our solid advice to solve complex ERISA and Benefits issues.

Timeliness

HBL understands that our clients’ ERISA and benefits issues demand a sense of urgency. Client communications and responsiveness are top priorities for HBL, so we strive to respond to client calls and emails within twenty-four hours of receipt during normal business hours.

Risk Mitigation

At HBL, we work closely with our clients to help them anticipate and avoid costly employee benefits compliance issues. We regularly attend seminars to stay on top of recent developments and trends in employee benefits law, allowing us to implement a preventive approach to DOL and IRS compliance errors.

Process

With respect to ERISA and Benefits legal compliance, HBL typically discusses with the client the general legal issues involved along with the risks and costs associated with different scenarios. At HBL, we understand that legal compliance and cost go hand in hand. After an initial discussion, we typically document for clients the letter of the law governing an issue. We then outline the client’s particular facts and circumstances along with the actions taken by the company to comply with the letter of the law. The primary goal is to place the client in a defensible position in the event of an IRS or DOL audit.

 

Anne Tyler Hall

Ann Tyler

Prior to forming HBL, Anne Tyler practiced ERISA and Benefits Law with Alston & Bird, LLP and King & Spalding, LLP, two of Atlanta’s largest law firms. Anne Tyler earned a Master of Laws in Taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center and her Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law. She also holds a Master of Science in International Development from the University of Bath, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics, graduating magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Georgia State Bar, Employee Benefits Section
  • Farrah Law Society, Board of Trustees
  • Worldwide Employee Benefits, Atlanta Chapter, Steering Committee
  • OnBoard, Membership Committee
  • Southern Employee Benefits Conference
  • Society for Human Resource Management, Atlanta Chapter
  • Living Tree Charities, Board of Directors
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • Association for Corporate Growth

Representative Cases/Clients

  • Multinational telecommunications company with Atlanta subsidiary
    Led negotiation of a reduction of more than 80 percent of the original 401(k) retirement plan penalty assessment by the Department of Labor
  • Staffing company, Atlanta, GA and Alpharetta, GA
    Prepared templates, policies and procedures for determination of full-time employee and variable hour employee status under the Affordable Care Act
  • Community bank, Manchester, GA
    Advised on Internal Revenue Code section 409A issues related to a supplemental executive retirement plan (SERP)
  • Multinational company with San Diego, CA subsidiary
    Reviewed purchase agreement and advised parent company of its ERISA obligations with respect to provision of long-term disability benefits to a legacy employee of a recently acquired subsidiary
  • Closely held concrete company, Alpharetta, GA
    Drafted section 162 executive bonus plan agreements and prepared DOL top hat plan filing
  • Vision clinic with offices throughout Atlanta
    Advised on design and legal requirements for cash-out option alternative under its Section 125 cafeteria plan
  • Marketing company in Roswell, GA
    Prepared and filed IRS 401(k) plan correction for plan loan errors

When not counseling clients on executive compensation legal issues, health and welfare benefits and retirement, Anne Tyler enjoys running 5Ks and cycling with her husband.

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Anne Tyler is a regular speaker on a variety of benefits-related topics, such as:

  • “Overview of DOL’s New Proposed Fiduciary Standard,” Financial Network Associates, Inc., June 10, 2015
  • “Health Care Reform: Review and Update,” Stephens Inc., June 4, 2015
  • “Risks, Rewards, and Responsibilities: The Latest on Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans,” Smith & Howard, Cherokee Town & Country Club, June 3, 2015
  • “Retirement Plan Fiduciary Responsibility: Review and Best Practices,” Porter Keadle Moore, LLC, May 29, 2015
  • “401(k) Plan Risk Management: Practices and Protections,” Oppenheimer & Co.,
    May 5, 2015
  • “Retirement Plans: Fiduciary Compliance and Risk Mitigation,” 6th Annual Georgia Bar, Employee Benefits Section Seminar, March 20, 2015
  • Featured Guest on Atlanta Legal Experts, Buckhead Radio X,  January 27 and February 24, 2015
  • “Fiduciary Training Workshop,” Ippolito’s Bocce Room (Roswell, GA), November 20, 2014
  • “Retirement Plans: Washington Update,” sponsored by Columbia Management, Alpharetta, GA, September 17, 2014
  • “Fiduciary Bootcamp: Department of Labor Update,” Moderator for speaker Robert Lewis, Regional Counsel for ERISA and Employee Benefits at the U.S. Department of Labor), Southern Employee Benefits Conference, September 9, 2014
  • “Same Sex Spousal Benefits and Compliance Issues,” Southeast Financial Workplace Law and Compliance Program, Community Bankers Association of Georgia, August 12, 2014
  • “Employee Benefits Legal Update,” Kettering Executive Network, Finance, Banking & Investment Group, June 12, 2014
  • “Employee Benefits Legal Update,” Resource Alliance (Alpharetta, GA), May 8, 2014
  • “Health Care Reform Legal Update,” Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce CEO Roundtable, April 3, 2014
  • “Retirement Plans and Health and Welfare Benefits Legal Update,” Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance, March 19, 2014
  • “Employee Benefits Legal Update,” Southeast Financial Workplace Law and Compliance Program, Community Bankers Association of Georgia, February 27, 2014  (Macon) and March 20, 2014 (Atlanta)
  • “Retirement Plan Legal Update,” Cetera Financial Advisors Monthly Meeting, February 10, 2014
  • “HIPAA Business Associate Obligations of a Law Firm,” Cobb County Bar Association, November 1, 2013
  • “Retirement Plans and Fiduciary Issues,” and “Health and Welfare Plans and Health Care Reform,” Southeast Financial Workplace Law and Compliance Program, Community Bankers Association of Georgia, September 19, 2013 (Macon) & September 26, 2013 (Atlanta)
  • “Retirement Plan Design and Qualifications,” Worldwide Employee Benefits (WEB), Atlanta Chapter, March 2010 and April 2011

Please contact Anne Tyler if you are interested in a speaker to discuss an ERISA or Benefits issue.

Contact HBL

  • Anne Tyler Hall

  • ERISA & Benefits Attorney
  • 3355 Lenox Road Suite 750
  • Atlanta, GA 30326
  • (678) 439-6236 (office)
  • (404) 861-7441 (cell)

www.hallbenefitslaw.com

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