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Karen McLeese

Vice President, Employee Benefit Regulatory Affairs

Phone: 816-945-5213


Karen R. McLeese is Vice President of Employee Benefit Regulatory Affairs for CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services, Inc., a division of CBIZ, Inc.  She serves as in-house counsel, with particular emphasis on monitoring and interpreting state and federal employee benefits law:

  • Author of At Issue, a CBIZ client newsletter that provides information of general interest regarding employee benefits law and legislation
  • Author of For Your Benefit, a CBIZ compliance/reference guide to welfare benefits
  • Author of Benefit Beat, a monthly CBIZ e-newsletter containing regulatory updates
  • Reviews and interprets federal and state laws and regulations impacting employee benefits
  • Monitors federal and state legislation impacting employee benefits
  • Provides information in response to technical questions regarding employee benefits
  • Provides technical support in response to employee benefit issues
  • Follows and analyzes trends in employee benefits
  • Monitors case law impacting employee benefits


Juris Doctor, Duke University

Bachelor of Arts, University of Notre Dame


Professional Memberships

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Health Law Forum and Labor & Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association
  • Benefit Law Journal’s Editorial Board

Speaking Engagements

  • Opportunities And Obligation of Health Reform for Your Small Business
  • ACA Shared Responsibility Obligations for Employers:  Do You Have at Least 50 Employees? Numbers Can Be Deceiving
  • HIPAA Privacy and Security: What Does It Mean for Your Health Plan?
  • Are Your Benefit Plan Ps and Qs in Order? Participant Notices and More...
  • A Review of Benefit-Continuation Requirements  –  From COBRA to FMLA and More
  • The Impact of Health Reform On Your Business
  • Executive Briefing:  Financial Implications of the Health Care Reform Law
  • The Road to Reform: Where Are We Today?  Presented to various organizations, including Leawood Chamber of Commerce, Society of Financial Service Professionals, Missouri Association of Manufacturers, National Association of Women in Construction, Kansas Association of Legal Administrators, Symposium for Educational Institutions, Johnson County School District, and Legal Professional Solutions Roundtable.
  • Legal Environment of Health & Welfare Plans - ISCEBS  Fundamentals Program
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Health Care Reform (But Were Afraid to Ask)
  • Impact of GINA and HIPAA on Wellness Programs, and ERISA Welfare Benefit Plans
  • Benefits 2009:  Staying One Step Ahead - Greater Kansas City EBP
  • Employee Benefits & HR Issues for 2009 and Beyond
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009:  COBRA Subsidy
  • Employment Law, ERISA And Employee Benefits In An Obama Administration: A Post-Inauguration Briefing
  • CBIZ Regulatory Compliance Webinar

Associated Offices

Kansas City - CBIZ Employee Benefits Kansas City 700 West 47th Street
Suite 1100
Kansas CityMO  64112
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