This session will assist HR professionals navigate the world of mergers and acquisitions as they relate specifically to benefit plans and qualified retirement plans. This session will discuss timing issues, potential issues that can cause delays in closing, how to deal with those potential issues, and how to handle employee relations issues as they arise. For benefit plans, these issues may come from cafeteria plans and how FSA accounts should be/can be handled, COBRA responsibilities, and MEWA issues. For qualified retirement plans, there are notice and timing rules that must be followed as well as qualification issues that may be discovered during the due diligence process. This session is for every HR professional who handles the administration of their company benefit plans and qualified plans.