Welcome to the New York Metro Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists. Our mission is to foster a community of benefits professionals, providing opportunities to learn more about health, welfare and retirement benefits as well as network with colleagues in the field. The New York Metro chapter is one of the 43 ISCEBS chapters located across the U.S. and Canada, and is unique as we annually host 11 annual educational and networking chapter events at no additional charge for members. We hope this website provides you greater insight about our chapter and how membership can be of abundant benefit to you.
United States Department of Labor Update
Darren Cohen, the New York Regional Office’s (NYRO) Regional Director, and Lois La Londe, the NYRO’s Supervisory Benefits Advisor, will discuss current enforcement priorities related to pension and health plan investigations and issues that arise in those cases. The presentation will educate attendees on the overall structure of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) with an emphasis on EBSA’s enforcement strategy for pension plan and health plan cases. The program will focus on the types of investigations EBSA conducts, the sources of those cases, and steps involved in the investigation.
Darren Cohen, Regional Director, NY Office, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
Darren Cohen is responsible for overseeing the Regional Office’s civil enforcement program, which seeks to obtain compliance with the fiduciary, reporting, and disclosure provisions of Title I of ERISA. He is also responsible for the Office’s criminal enforcement program which is handled in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, as well as, state and local prosecutors. Mr. Cohen received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Columbia University.
Lois La Londe, Supervisory Benefits Advisor, NY Office, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
Lois is responsible for managing the Benefits Advisor unit which provides participant and compliance assistance to the public. Ms. La Londe began her career with EBSA, as a Benefits Advisor in May 2009 and then became an Investigator in March 2012. As an investigator, Ms. La Londe conducted civil investigations of pension plans, health plans, and service providers to determine compliance with Title I of ERISA. Ms. La Londe received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Time: Registration check-in begins at 8:30 AM, Breakfast will be provided
Presentation / Q & A from 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Meeting Location and Directions:
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., 250 Park Avenue, 5th floor
(Between E. 46th and E. 47th Streets, Entrance on Park Avenue)
For complete program information please click here.
Please mark your calendars for other upcoming NY Chapter Events:
December TBD - Holiday Networking
CEBS has introuduce a universal continuing professional education (CPE) requirement for all holders of the CEBS credential - past, present, and future graduates of both the U.S and Canadian CEBS programs.
To learn more about the new CPE requirement and how you can report your CEBS CPE credits pleaseclick here!
Here are some great reasons to join the International Society:
The Society has thousands of benefits and compensation professionals as members. Membership spans the globe, but is primarily concentrated in the US and Canada.
Complimentary webcasts from the International Foundation and the Society.
Unlimited access to live and on demand webcasts. In addition to dozens of downloads currently available, the Foundation and Society have committed to having 10+ Canadian and 20+ U.S. webcasts in 2016.
The ISCEBSLink provides answers to several hundred questions and responses, which saves our members both valuable time and money to obtain the same elsewhere.HR practices and policy language, legal renderings, vendor suggestions and evaluations, and product suggestions have all been shared on the ISCEBSLink.
Hundreds of Society members participate in discussions on the ISCEBSLink.
The Information Center provides members information for benchmarking data, compliance information on 401(k) plans, ACA, HIPAA privacy rules, and pension changes.
Society members have unlimited information center requests.
The U.S. Legislative Tracker provides a searchable list of proposed benefits-related legislation.
Today’s Headlines feature provides daily emails with top benefits news articles to help keep members in the loop with what’s on the horizon in the field.
Society members are able to post their resume for free and search posted jobs in the Members Only/Online Community section of the site.
The positions are specifically targeted toward professionals who are familiar with the CEBS program.
Companies that search the resumes posted are looking for CEBS professionals and are familiar with the designation.
The Annual Symposium offers attendees real-time education opportunities on pending legislation, regulation updates, current practices as well as valuable takeaways to help benefits and compensation professionals do their job.
New CEBS graduates as well as new GBA, RPA, and CMS designees are recognized and honored at the Symposium conferment ceremony.