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Kathryn W. Wheeler

KM Attorney
Overland Park*

*Admitted only in TX

P 913-981-1018
F 913-981-1019
Kathryn.Wheeler@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Kathryn W. Wheeler is the Knowledge Management (“KM”) Attorney for Jackson Lewis P.C.’s Employee Benefits Practice Group, and is based in the Overland Park, Kansas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She has more than 24 years in the employee benefits industry, 14 of those years as a benefits manager for private industry. 

Ms. Wheeler has experience with employee benefits from the perspective of clients and of legal counsel, giving her the ability to understand the issues confronting clients from both sides of the table. Her zeal for protecting the company’s interests in employee benefit-related areas led her to receive her law license to better negotiate the statutes and regulations imposed on employers. She has experience in a broad range of benefit matters, including general compliance and administration of qualified retirement plans under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. She also has extensive experience with welfare plan design for self-insured health plans and welfare plan issues involving cafeteria plans, health plans, flexible spending accounts, group insurance products, COBRA, and HIPAA.

Ms. Wheeler has a particular focus on assisting employers with the various compliance requirements associated with qualified retirement plans and qualified welfare plans, including preparing the Form 5500 annual report for clients. She also prepares submissions for Voluntary Correction Program, Delinquent Filer Corrective Program, and Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program. She has experience negotiating with outside benefits providers, including prototype plan sponsors, third party administrators, insurers, actuaries, and auditors.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • State Bar of Texas

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

Practices


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April 2, 2018

Employee Benefits Newsletter – Spring 2018

April 2, 2018

In this issue: View from Jackson Lewis: The Curious Odyssey of the Multiemployer Defined Benefit Pension Fund. A review of the state of multiemployer funds. 2018 Tax Reform. A summary of the changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including practical advice for employers. Recent Developments. Recent developments in... Read More

September 7, 2017

Employee Benefits Newsletter – Summer/Fall 2017

September 7, 2017

In this issue: Proving Loss Causation in Breach of Fiduciary Claims – The Split Widens. Analysis of recent litigation trends involving loss causation, an important burden-of-proof issue in ERISA fiduciary claims. Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions. A summary of the most significant compensation... Read More

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IRS Reduces HSA Contribution Amount for Current Year
March 27, 2018

In 2017, the IRS released the 2018 inflation-adjusted figures for contributions to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).  The contribution limits for HSAs associated with High Deductible Health Plans was increased to $3,450 for individuals with self-only coverage and to $6,900 for individuals with family coverage.  In December, the President si Read More