HSAs From the Employer's Perspective

Design and Compliance Issues

For one registration fee ($279), you and your co-workers can gather in one room to attend the web seminar together via a single web connection.

With recent surveys showing explosive growth in health savings accounts, the time is right to revisit design options and compliance basics for employer programs. Whether you are a plan sponsor (with an existing or contemplated HSA program), a service provider for employer programs, or an advisor, this 90-minute web seminar will provide you with employer-focused insights into the choices and challenges presented by HSAs today.

Originally presented on October 27, 2011.

Seminar Level

Intermediate Difficulty

Topics Covered

Here’s some of what was covered:

  • Why choose an HSA program instead of an HRA or health FSA? Why are HSA programs typically funded through employer-sponsored cafeteria plans?
  • Are employers obligated to determine whether an employee is HSA-eligible? What type of coverage qualifies as a “high-deductible health plan” for HSA eligibility?
  • What coverage will make an individual HSA-ineligible, and how might that issue be addressed? What happens if the employer has an on-site clinic or wellness program?
  • Can an employer get back contributions made by mistake? How do the two potentially applicable nondiscrimination rules differ?
  • How does health care reform impact HSAs? What must an employer do to avoid the application of ERISA to its HSA program?

Please note: The speakers will focus on compliance issues for employer-sponsored HSA programs only; compliance by HSA trustees/custodians will not be covered.


Speakers: Leslie J. Anderson and John W. Haine. Ms. Anderson is a partner in, and co-chair of, the Employee Benefits Practice Group of Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis and is a Contributing Author of EBIA’s COBRA: The Developing Law. Mr. Haine is an attorney and Senior Editor at EBIA. He is a Contributing Author and Editor of EBIA’s Consumer-Driven Health Care manual and EBIA’s Fringe Benefits manual.

Handouts: A handout of the seminar slides and other information is provided through download.

Viewing Details

  • Accessing the recorded web seminar: After you purchase a recorded web seminar, you will receive an email with access information. You and your co-workers (not clients or others, please) may then view the recording as many times as you wish for 60 days. An Internet connection is required to view the recording; it can be stopped and started as needed and has a table of contents for easy navigation.
  • Recordings are accurate as of the date presented: Our recordings are accurate as of the presentation date of the live seminar. We supplement handout materials with articles from the EBIA Weekly covering significant later developments. You must check the table of contents at your access link for updates before viewing a recorded seminar.
  • Please respect our copyright: Do not record the web seminar. Share the access link and materials only with those employed by your company (not clients or others, please). For details on our copyright policy, please visit our Copyright page.

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EBIA uses WebEx technology for the seminar.

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