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Sarah L. Bhagwandin

Of Counsel

Sarah Bhagwandin practices employee benefits law, advising clients on the design and administration of tax-qualified retirement plans, 403(b) plans, health and welfare plans including Section 125 flexible benefit plans, executive compensation including 457(b) and 457(f) plans, and severance pay plans. Sarah works extensively with health and welfare plan sponsors on ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA, as well as other compliance issues that arise in such arrangements. Sarah has guided clients through voluntary and self-correction of compliance failures. She is a frequent speaker on a range of topics, including health care reform, fiduciary duties and liability, the HIPAA privacy and security rules, and COBRA compliance.

Representative Experience

Defined contribution plans

Advises clients on the design and administration of 401(k) plans and 403(b) plans, including drafting plan documents and related documentation, and reviewing service contracts. Her counsel relates to all matters involved in keeping plans compliant with the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA. (Ongoing)

Health and welfare plans

Drafts health and welfare plans, wrap documents, cafeteria plans and summary plan descriptions. Provides counsel on contracts with service providers. Regularly advises clients regarding administration and compliance issues under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, COBRA, HIPAA, and Health Care Reform. (Ongoing)

Compensation plans

Designs, drafts, and advises on the implementation of 457(b) and 457(f) plans for nonprofit clients, advises on PTO cash-out programs, and bonus plans and executive compensation plans. (Ongoing)

Professional & Community Activities

  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association