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Benefits Compliance Counsel

Posted Jul 08
Full Time
Bellevue, Washington


Discover a world of endless possibilities at Gallagher Benefit Services, where you'll have the power to shape the future of workplaces across industries. As a member of our team, you become the driving force behind positive change, helping clients build environments where employees thrive. Embrace the opportunity to impact lives, unlock potential, and create a legacy of remarkable transformation.

We believe that every candidate brings something special to the table, including you! So, even if you feel that you’re close but not an exact match, we encourage you to apply.


Do you consider yourself an expert in Health and Welfare Benefits and have a passion for educating? Are you tired of working in a billable hour environment? Gallagher is seeking a Benefits Compliance Counsel!

How You'll Make An Impact

  • Supports consultants to help clients understand changes to benefit laws, implications to their benefit plans, and necessary steps to be in compliance.
  • Conducts compliance reviews for clients; creates a compliance gap analysis that outlines compliance considerations and identifies suggestions for becoming more compliant.
  • Provides samples of documents when available, and works with internal teams to perform necessary follow up.
  • Provides producers, account managers and clients with timely and accurate analyses of current legislative initiatives and regulations.
  • Provides clients with well-researched recommendations leading clients to take appropriate actions to conform to changes in the legislative or regulatory environment.
  • Interprets source materials and provides guidance and advice to corporate staff as well as branch office staff.
  • Participates in client sales and retention efforts as an active part of the Sales and Consulting teams, including business development calls and meetings, RFP response support, and prospective and existing client-facing presentations and conversations.
  • Assists producers and account managers in developing appropriate action steps to assure legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Conducts internal employee training on selected legislative and regulatory topics.
  • Provides prototype information summaries, compliance checklists, model letters and other consulting tools needed to support consultants and account managers.
  • Support compliance help desk as necessary to answer questions regarding compliance issues.
  • Provides assistance in drafting, editing and producing any newsletters and technical bulletins.
  • Works with internal teams to address and resolve complex compliance issues for clients, including resolution of Form 5500 filing errors, compliance with ACA reporting requirements, and mergers and acquisitions support.
  • Responds to questions from clients of partnering organizations
  • Facilitates client requests and document management in the event of an audit of client's health and welfare plans.
  • Works collaboratively with internal teams to develop tools and resources to facilitate compliance with health and welfare plan legal obligations.
  • Subject matter expert for compliance projects, for both external and internal purposes.
  • Identifies potential different service offerings for clients and works to develop potential solutions for the new services.
  • Develops and maintains networking relationships with subject matter experts in employee benefits law.
  • Responsible for understanding regulatory processes, tracking legislation relevant to employee benefit plans, and attending educational conferences and events.
  • Creates and delivers presentations through Gallagher and partnering organizations to educate the market on the legal aspects of health and welfare benefits plans.
  • Assists consultants in developing compliance presentations.
  • Works with internal teams to create written compliance resources, including white papers, FAQs, and other resources for internal and external education.
  • Educates and provides support to internal team members and clients to identify and understand benefits compliance issues.
  • Assists regional lead in developing practical solutions for clients to comply with federal and state regulations impacting health and welfare plans.

About You

Required: Bachelor's degree and 10 years related experience required. Knowledge of ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, cafeteria plans, nondiscrimination rules, HIPAA and other federal, legal and regulatory issues.

Preferred: Juris Doctorate and current license to practice law preferred

Compensation And Benefits

On top of a competitive salary, great teams and exciting career opportunities, we also offer a wide range of benefits.

Below are the minimum core benefits you’ll get, depending on your job level these benefits may improve:

  • Medical/dental/vision plans, which start from day one!
  • Life and accident insurance
  • 401(K) and Roth options
  • Tax-advantaged accounts (HSA, FSA)
  • Educational expense reimbursement
  • Paid parental leave

Other benefits include:

  • Digital mental health services (Talkspace)
  • Flexible work hours (availability varies by office and job function)
  • Training programs
  • Gallagher Thrive program – elevating your health through challenges, workshops and digital fitness programs for your overall wellbeing
  • Charitable matching gift program
  • And more...

We value inclusion and diversity

Click Here to review our U.S. Eligibility Requirements

Inclusion and diversity (I&D) is a core part of our business, and it’s embedded into the fabric of our organization. For more than 95 years, Gallagher has led with a commitment to sustainability and to support the communities where we live and work.

Gallagher embraces our employees’ diverse identities, experiences and talents, allowing us to better serve our clients and communities. We see inclusion as a conscious commitment and diversity as a vital strength. By embracing diversity in all its forms, we live out The Gallagher Way to its fullest.

Gallagher believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity and prohibits any form of discrimination by its managers, employees, vendors or customers based on race, color, religion, creed, gender (including pregnancy status), sexual orientation, gender identity (which includes transgender and other gender non-conforming individuals), gender expression, hair expression, marital status, parental status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran or military status, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected (herein referred to as “protected characteristics”) by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Equal employment opportunity will be extended in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, layoff, and termination. In addition, Gallagher will make reasonable accommodations to known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified person with a disability, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business.