Brian Johnston has dedicated more than two decades to helping clients navigate employee benefits law. His primary practice areas include the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), employee benefits, and taxation. He has spent 22 years representing public and private businesses, government entities, third party administrators, and other insurance providers on a variety of employee benefit matters.
Brian advises his clients in the implementation and administration of health and welfare plans, including self-funded and fully insured health benefit plans and cafeteria plans. He is also experienced in other medical reimbursement programs, including defined contribution alternatives. In addition, he assists clients with plan design, implementation, and administration of retirement plans – pension, profit sharing, 401(k) plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), and other non-qualified deferred compensation plan alternatives and employee equity compensation arrangements.
In each of these areas, Brian advises his clients on compliance with the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal and state laws and regulations applicable to employee benefit plans. He also advises clients on the fiduciary responsibilities of employers, trustees, and third-party service providers of employee benefit plans. He spends a significant amount of time assisting clients with legal and business review and analysis of key areas of compliance related to the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) and recent updates to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).