Lena focuses her practice on creating, reviewing, and implementing benefit and compensation programs designed to meet the needs of for-profit and nonprofit entities of all sizes.
In today’s competitive workforce, employee benefit plans are an efficient tool for attracting and retaining talent. I help employers navigate the complex and evolving legal landscape surrounding benefit plans to ensure that their offerings are well-designed and properly maintained.
I regularly advise employers, executives, and third-party administrators on a wide range of issues relating to health and welfare plans, defined contribution and defined benefit plans, non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, and fringe benefits.
I assist with day-to-day plan administration issues, and I’m heavily involved in drafting plan documents, amendments, required notices, and participant communications. I also help resolve plan errors under the IRS and DOL correction programs, and guide clients through governmental audits. In addition, I counsel clients on benefits issues in connection with their corporate transactions.
Claims involving healthcare and retirement benefits continue to remain on the rise. Employers can limit their risk and exposure through proper plan governance, legal and regulatory compliance, and clear and accurate employee communications.
Employee Benefit Plan Review | August 20, 2021
In the newest installment of their monthly “Ask the experts” column, Chicago partner Yelena Gray, Washington, DC partner Damian Myers, and Rochester associate Lena Gionnnette, all in the Corporate group and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation team, analyze the Department of Labor’s recent cybersecurity guidance and provide best practices for retirement plans.
Employee Benefits Plan Review | July 27, 2021
Chicago partner Yelena Gray, Washington, D.C. partner Damian Myers, and Rochester associate Lena Gionnnette, all with the Corporate group and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation team, contributed this column addressing various questions about health benefit coverage, including parity requirements for mental health and medical benefits, in addition to the application of continuing “COBRA” benefits for former employees.
Employee Benefit Plan Review | June 10, 2021
Chicago partner Yelena Gray, Washington DC partner Damian Myers, and Rochester associate Lena Gionnette, all of the Corporate group, contributed this article analyzing the new federal laws requiring employer-sponsored group health plans to prove that their plans satisfy all aspects of the parity regulations between mental health and medical benefits.
Rochester Business Journal | May 07, 2021
Rochester Corporate partner Brian Kopp and associate Lena Gionnette contributed this article analyzing the new COBRA subsidy, as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and the challenges it will pose to employers.
Journal of Compensation and Benefits | March 12, 2021
Washington, DC partner Damian Myers, Chicago partner Yelena Gray, and Rochester associate Lena Gionnette, all of the Corporate group and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation team, contributed this article summarizing the temporary relief for flexible spending accounts in the December 2020 stimulus law, highlighting important takeaways for plan sponsors.
HR News | December 01, 2020
This article on the shrinking number of funds offered to 401(k) plan participants quotes a recent Fall Employee Benefits Briefing blog post written by Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation leader and Corporate partner Eric Paley, Corporate partners Christian Hancey and Brian Kopp, and Corporate associates Lena Gionnette and Jenny Holmes, all in Rochester; and Washington, D.C. Corporate counsel Damian Myers.
Benefits | 06.17.21
Benefits Alert | 05.18.21
Benefits Alert | 04.08.21
Benefits | 04.01.21
Benefits Law Alert | 12.30.20
Benefits | 11.19.20
Benefits Alert | 05.06.20
06.15.21 | Virtual Presentation
03.30.21 | Virtual Presentation
11.17.20 | Virtual Presentation
University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude; Articles editor, University of Cincinnati Law Review
University of Michigan, B.A., English, History, and Modern Greek