Chapman and Cutler LLP is seeking a motivated Benefits Manager to join the Human Resources Department in the Chicago office. The Benefits Manager is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Firm related benefits programs (group health, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability leaves, worker's compensation, life insurance, flexible spending plans, retirement plans, etc.) as directed by the Chief Human Resources Officer.
The day-to-day responsibilities of the Benefits Manager will include:
Administer various Firm benefits programs: health, flexible spending accounts, dental and vision, disability, life insurance, 401(k) and retirement plans, and wellness
Administer and oversee medical leaves (STD/LTD, FMLA)
Oversee maintenance of employee benefits files and update employee payroll records
Allocate group health and dental claims monthly and reviews quarterly
Audit employee data and oversee the processing of monthly billings and payment of administrative fees for all group plans
Assist in administering 401(k) and retirement plans, and compliance related tasks
Work closely with the Payroll department to ensure accuracy of payroll deductions for all benefits-related expenses; provide necessary reports for allocations/billing charges
Analyze current benefits, evaluating the use, services, coverage, effectiveness, cost, plan experience and competitive trends in benefits programs, and identify the Firm's stance
Review both short and long-range cost estimates/projections and relevant statistical analysis regarding modifications in benefits programs and implementation of new programs
Forecast trends and assist with future benefits designs; develop specific recommendations for review by management
Monitor administrative costs of benefits programs and recommend cost containment strategies, including alternative methods for administration and funding; prepare budgetary recommendations and assist in the monitoring, verification and reconciliation of budgeted funds
Develop communication tools to enhance understanding of the Firm's various employee benefits
Facilitate Annual Benefits Presentation and Benefits Fair
Manage the Firm’s annual open enrollment processes
Design and distribute summary plan descriptions
Ensure the accuracy of all benefit enrollments in the HRIS to provide vendors with accurate eligibility information; responsible for data integrity related to all aspects of the Firm’s benefits and retirement plans; run reports from employee database/HRIS as requested
Assist all Firm personnel with benefit claim issues and plan/status changes; respond to benefit inquiries and coordinates with insurance brokers and carriers
Assist in obtaining and reviewing statistics and information in renewal process for health, life and retirement plans
Provide leadership, training and coaching to the Firm’s Benefits and Wellness Assistant
Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree (preferred) or an Associate’s Degree. The ideal candidate will have between four (4) to seven (7) years of prior experience in Benefits and/or Human Resources in a professional environment; preference given to those with prior law firm experience.
Knowledge of all pertinent federal and state regulations, filing and compliance requirements, both adopted and pending, affecting employee benefits programs, including the ACA, and ERISA
Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint)
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Project and team management/leadership skills and experience
Effective planning and priority setting; ability to manage several complex projects simultaneously while working under pressure to meet deadlines
Strong analytical skills and a thorough knowledge of plan designs
Ability to understand, evaluate and make judgment on proposals
Knowledge of benefits contract language
Please submit a cover letter and resume. All applicants will be considered; however, the hiring decision will be made based on qualifications for the position.
Chapman and Cutler LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V/SO.
About Chapman and Cutler LLP
Since our founding in 1913, Chapman and Cutler has focused on finance. We have represented market participants in all aspects of banking, corporate finance and securities, and public finance transactions since our inception.
Our firm consistently develops innovative and practical legal solutions for complex financial transactions. In addition to traditional financings, we are widely recognized for our experience in specific areas of finance, including leveraged leasing and other lease finance, asset securitization, and pooled investment products including defined portfolios and mutual funds. As part of our finance-oriented practice, Chapman represents creditors, indenture trustees and other financial market participants in bankruptcy proceedings, workouts and restructurings. In the area of public finance, our firm ranks among the leading law firms in the country serving as bond, underwriter's and disclosure counsel.
To complement Chapman's finance focus, we have a substantial general corporate practice involving the representation of business entities in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, employee benefits, environmental, administrative and regulatory l...aw, and litigation. We also provide personalized estate and gift planning, traditional probate legal services and sophisticated tax planning.
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