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Barbara Klepper’s practice focuses on all aspects of employee benefits, including qualified retirement plan design and administration, executive compensation, ERISA fiduciary issues, mergers and acquisitions, and health and welfare benefits.

Barbara represents single employer retirement plans, multi-employer plans and participating employers in multiple employer plans on reorganization issues, funding issues, and collection of delinquent participant contributions. She frequently handles matters concerning the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor, including audits and investigations by the IRS and the DOL, requests for qualified plan determinations, voluntary correction program submissions, and voluntary fiduciary correction program submissions. Her clients also seek her advice for solutions to executive compensation planning and issues arising under Code Section 409A, including executive employment and severance agreements, equity compensation arrangements, and deferred compensation plans.

Barbara also frequently works with clients to make well-informed, strategic decisions with respect to employer-sponsored group health plans, particularly in light of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (health care reform). She advises clients of all sizes on important deadlines and cost-containment strategies regarding “play or pay,” changes to flexible spending accounts, health savings, accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, Section 6055 and 6056 reporting, W-2 reporting, wellness programs, and discrimination testing. Additionally, Barbara regularly provides clients with strategies to address complex issues arising under HIPAA, COBRA, and FMLA laws.

In addition to employee benefits and executive compensation, Barbara advises clients on complex tax issues including corporate aircraft taxation and reporting as well as taxation of fringe benefits. Other areas of her practice include counseling clients with regard to physician employment agreements, corporate governance, contract drafting and negotiations, and general transactional matters.

Barbara’s achievements have earned her inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys.

 

Representative Experience

  • Represented a large Canadian holding company with respect to the sale of two of its U.S. subsidiaries in all matters pertaining to its employee benefits reorganization and post-sale structure, including design and implementation issues with respect to transition and shared services agreements, retirement plan organization, and offering of health and welfare benefits.
  • Representation of clients before the IRS regarding plan determination requests.
  • Representation of clients involving employee benefits plan self-corrections utilizing the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS).
  • Representation of large and small employers regarding compliance-related issues with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Representation of hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers in drafting and negotiating professional services contracts, service agreements and employment contracts.
  • Advises employers of all sizes regarding complex compliance issues associated with retirement plans.
  • Advises clients regarding health and welfare plans, including COBRA and HIPAA compliance, healthcare reform issues, multiple-employer welfare arrangements, and ERISA compliance issues.
  • Representation of clients before the U.S. Department of Labor during investigations and in correcting plan errors.
  • Counsels clients regarding their fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Counsels employers regarding corporate aircraft and fringe benefit taxation issues.
  • Represented a leading manufacturer of metal buildings and structural steel components in all matters pertaining to its executive compensation, retirement and health and welfare plans as part of a merger transaction.

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s up-and-coming attorneys


Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • SouthWest Benefits Association


Civic Involvement and Leadership

  • Oklahoma County Bar Association (Board of Directors, Young Lawyers Division)
  • Upward Transitions (Young Professionals Board of Directors)
  • Brightmusic (Board of Directors, Secretary)

 

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Media

ACA: Ready-Set-Report

ACA: Ready-Set-Report

July 10, 2014