Seth J. Hanft

Counsel

Columbus
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Overview

Seth Hanft approaches his practice with a focus on employee benefits and executive compensation. He assists employers of all shapes and sizes, including private and public companies and nonprofit and governmental entities, in all facets of employee benefit plan legal compliance, operation and administration. He has extensive experience in advising clients on plan design and implementation issues for defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans, all types of welfare benefit programs, and nonqualified and executive compensation arrangements.

Seth’s considerable knowledge of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code enables him to navigate clients through the complexities of Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) inquiries and audits, ERISA fiduciary compliance issues, Affordable Care Act investigations, and HIPAA Privacy and Security requirements. Seth also has specialized benefits and insurance experience with self-insured multiple employer welfare arrangements, works regularly with businesses to complete benefits-related regulatory filings, and helps implement employee benefits transition solutions in mergers and acquisitions. Seth places a premium on providing practical, business-focused advice to his clients in a manner that is easy to digest and that enables his clients to make thoughtful, informed decisions with respect to their benefits programs.

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  • Works regularly with self-insured multiple employer welfare arrangements in all aspects of legal compliance, including establishment and state certification, ongoing operation and administration, and termination.
  • Regularly attends employee benefit plan committee and board meetings for clients, advises on fiduciary and administrative obligations and helps prepare benefits governance materials.
  • Helps resolve multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability issues.
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Experience

  • Works regularly with self-insured multiple employer welfare arrangements in all aspects of legal compliance, including establishment and state certification, ongoing operation and administration, and termination.
  • Regularly attends employee benefit plan committee and board meetings for clients, advises on fiduciary and administrative obligations and helps prepare benefits governance materials.
  • Helps resolve multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability issues.
  • Counsels companies on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act compliance.
  • Helps clients through voluntary correction of employee benefit plan errors through various IRS and DOL programs, including the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System, Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program, and Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program.
  • Helps clients establish HIPAA Privacy and Security compliance programs, fashion related internal policies, and train internal workforce members on compliance obligations.
  • Negotiated complete elimination of ~$1 million Affordable Care Act Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties.
  • Worked with client to form and establish new health and welfare and retirement plans as part of a billion-dollar corporate spin-off transaction.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2018)

Memberships

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Community

  • Leadership Columbus, Class of 2016
  • Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program
  • Faith Life Church: Small Group Leader
  • LifeCare Alliance: Meals on Wheels Volunteer

Prior Positions

  • City of Cincinnati, City Solicitor's Office: Legal Assistant
  • Professor Michael Solimine, University of Cincinnati Law School: Research Assistant
  • The Honorable Sandra S. Beckwith, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio: Judicial Extern

Admissions

  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2009, summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; University of Cincinnati Law Review, Editorial Staff
  • B.A., Political Science, The Ohio State University, 2003, magna cum laude