Juliana Reno is co-chair of Venable's Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, and Health Practice Group. Juliana has the keen ability to distill complex rules and regulations into non-technical language. Her practice covers all facets of employee health and welfare benefit plans. She embraces her clients' business realities and goals and guides them through the process of crafting the right arrangements. By bringing the most critical and up-to-date information to her clients, Juliana empowers them to make the best decisions for their needs—weighing their resources, their risks, and their vision of the role of benefits in the overall employee experience.
Juliana provides practical solutions for companies facing complex benefits-related issues under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She has particular expertise in addressing issues in health benefits—not only major medical plans, but also health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement accounts (HRAs), and flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Juliana has helped numerous clients through Department of Labor audits and has responded to many Internal Revenue Service (IRS) notices seeking ACA employer penalties. She negotiates service provider agreements and works with service providers to implement clients’ benefit needs.
Juliana's employer client base spans corporate teams, individual executives, hospitals, restaurants, technology companies, staffing agencies, nonprofits and associations, professional employer organizations (PEOs), home health agencies, and more. She also advises a number of businesses that provide services to employer plans—insurers, third-party administrators, wellness companies, and Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) administrators.
Juliana advises her clients on compliance and planning opportunities tied to ever-changing employee benefits laws. Her work includes not only health plans, but also cafeteria plans, life and disability plans, and qualified retirement plans. A recovering litigator, Juliana also advises clients regarding disputes involving benefits claims, health benefits cutbacks, breaches of fiduciary duty, and claims for benefits under ERISA and non-ERISA plans.
The universe of health and welfare plan requirements is vast, and Juliana's practice covers: