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Patricia A. Moran

Special Counsel

PAMoran@mintz.com

+1.617.348.3085

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Patricia Moran is an experienced employee benefits attorney who advises clients on a broad variety of employee benefit plan matters, including:

  • Health and welfare matters, including the Affordable Care Act, fringe benefits, cafeteria plans, COBRA, wellness, mental health parity, on-site clinics, health savings accounts, and telemedicine.
  • Retirement plan matters, including nondiscrimination testing, plan document design, service provider contract review and negotiation, and correction of errors.
  • Benefits-related support on corporation transactions, including drafting, review and negotiation of purchase agreements, due diligence, and post-closing benefits structure.

In addition to her work at Mintz, Patricia has worked with the US Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration investigating private sector employers and venture capital funds with respect to ERISA compliance. She has practiced in the employee benefits departments of two prominent New York City law firms, working primarily on corporate transactions, structured finance, and executive compensation. She has also collaborated with the Harvard School of Public Health on various health policy research projects.

Patricia works with clients of all sizes and in a variety of sectors, including staffing, home health, restaurant, hospitality, consulting, finance, technology and education.

Patricia frequently writes and speaks on a variety of employee benefits related matters.

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Post-Dobbs Abortion-Related Travel Benefits: Surveying Employers’ Options

July 13, 2022 | Blog | By Michelle Capezza, Patricia Moran

Dobbs impacts employer-sponsored group health plan coverage for abortion services in states where abortion is, or becomes, illegal, and abortion-related travel benefits.  While our earlier post focused on coverage of abortion and abortion-related travel services under a group health plan, and related ERISA preemption considerations, in this post Mintz attorneys Alden Bianchi, Michelle Capezza and Patricia Moran examine other approaches available to employers that seek to make these benefits available, such as HRAs, health FSAs, excepted benefit EAPs and HSAs.
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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave—Updates from the Department

October 21, 2021 | Blog | By Danielle Dillon, Natalie C. Groot, Patricia Moran

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (the “Department”) has issued a number of changes relating to the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (“MAPFML”) since their last quarterly briefing. 
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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law – January 2021 Update for Employers

January 8, 2021 | Blog | By Natalie C. Groot, Patricia Moran, Emma Follansbee

Happy New Year! While many of us are thrilled to see 2020 in the rear view, 2021 ushers in a huge challenge for Massachusetts employers – the beginning of benefits and Job protections under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave law (MAPFML).
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REMINDER: Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Next Steps

October 23, 2020 | Blog | By Natalie C. Groot, Emma Follansbee, Patricia Moran

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Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave Finalizes Revised Regulations: Here’s What You Need to Know

August 13, 2020 | Blog | By Patricia Moran, Natalie C. Groot, Emma Follansbee

Under the Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Law, M.G.L. c. 175M (“MAPFML ”), employees and other covered individuals in the Commonwealth will be entitled to a generous set of new leave benefits and rights beginning January 1, 2021. On July 24, 2020 , the Department of Family and Medical Leave (the Department) issued updated MAPFML regulations effective July 24, 2020 (the “2020 Regulations”). These regulations make several key changes to the MAPFML regulations issued in 2019 (the “2019 Regulations”). In our companion post, we cover the key changes between the 2019 Regulations and the 2020 Regulations. This post examines, in depth, changes affecting the MAPFML “Private Plan” exemption pathway.
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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave 2020 Regulations – Focus on the Private Plan Exemption

August 13, 2020 | Blog | By Patricia Moran, Natalie C. Groot, Emma Follansbee

Under the Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Law, M.G.L. c. 175M (“MAPFML”), employees and other covered individuals in the Commonwealth will be entitled to a generous set of new leave benefits and rights beginning January 1, 2021. The Department of Family and Medical Leave (the “Department”) recently issued updated MAPFML regulations, effective July 24, 2020 (the “2020 Regulations”). These regulations make several key changes to the MAPFML regulations issued in 2019 (the “2019 Regulations”). In our companion post, we cover the key changes between the 2019 Regulations and the 2020 Regulations. This post examines, in depth, changes affecting the MAPFML “Private Plan” exemption pathway.
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Updated: COBRA Coverage – FAQ for the COVID-19 Economy

April 29, 2020 | Blog | By Patricia Moran

Given the possible health impacts of COVID-19, maintaining access to health care and insurance coverage is front of the mind for just about everyone. Continuation coverage under COBRA offers employees a route to continue job-based coverage in the event of job loss or reduction of hours.
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In a previous post, we covered the impact of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) on employee welfare benefit plans, programs, and arrangements. This post explains how this new law affects tax-qualified 401(k) and other defined contribution plans.
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News & Press

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In the latest guide, Mintz garnered rankings as a top national firm in eight practice areas, and 32 firm attorneys were individually recognized.
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Mintz partner and Massachusetts lawyer Julie Korostoff is one of 49 attorneys recognized as “Leaders in Their Fields” by the 2018 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide. Chambers named Korostoff a “Recognized Practitioner” in Technology.
Mintz attorney Patricia Moran’s article was recently published on the Society for Human Resource Management’s website. In it, she elaborates on the matter of cybersecurity awareness, or lack thereof, when it comes to employer management of 401(k) plans.
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JD Supra has recognized Mintz in its 2017 Reader’s Choice awards, highlighting the most widely read authors and articles over the past year. Eleven Mintz attorneys were named JD Supra Top Authors in four industries and Mintz was recognized as the Top Firm with readers in the Energy Industry.
Mintz Employment, Labor, and Benefits attorney Patricia Moran provides commentary in this Bloomberg coverage covering the AARP's suit against the EEOC over employee healthcare plans.  
Mintz Employment, Labor, and Benefits attorney Patricia Moran provides commentary in this Society for Human Resource Management article on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Health Benefits Security Project.
Mintz Employment, Labor and Benefits attorney Patricia Moran authored this Bloomberg BNA column on what employers planning to use electronic distribution to satisfy notice and disclosure requirements inherent in employee health and welfare benefit provision need to know.
Mintz's Patricia Moran authored this Law360 column on the “broad swath of substantive as well as reporting and disclosure requirements under the Affordable Care Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act” to which employee benefits are often subject.
Mintz attorney Patricia Moran is quoted in this BNA’s Pension and Benefits Blog piece on how the delay in implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s "Cadillac" tax will give employers time to make sure their employee healthcare plans do not exceed the limits stipulated in the tax.
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Events & Speaking

Aug
26
2020
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Speaker
Moderator
Nov
7
2018

Boston Employment Law Summit

One Financial Center, Boston, MA

Mar
27
2018
Oct
27
2016
Speaker
Oct
7
2015

Tax Issues for Health Care Organizations

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, 1250 S Hayes Street, Arlington, VA

Speaker
Sep
16
2015

Massachusetts Staffing Association (MSA) Annual Meeting

Massachusetts Staffing Association (MSA)

Monster Headquarters, 133 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA

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May
13
2015
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Apr
23
2015

10th Annual Executive Leadership Conference

The New Jersey Staffing Alliance

The Borgata/Water Club 1 Borgata Way,08401 Atlantic City, New Jersey

Nov
10
2013

Employer Responsibilities Under Health Care Reform: 2015 Checklist

CPAmerica 2014 Tax Conference

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jun
5
2013

PPACA – What You Need to Know Now

Benefits Fair and Trade Show 2013 - New England Employee Benefits Council

Norwood, Massachusetts

Apr
26
2013
May
12
2011
Sep
20
2010

Mental Health Parity

New England Employee Benefits Council

Oct
29
2009
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Publications

 

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Recognition & Awards

  • Chambers USA: Massachusetts - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Recognized Practitioner (2018-2022)
  • JDSupra: Named as Top Author in Readers' Choice Awards (2017)
  • Legal 500 United States: Employee Benefits and Retirement Plans (2018, 2020-2022)
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Involvement

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Women's Bar Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce: Boston's Future Leaders (2013)
  • Member, Notre Dame Executive Business Council
  • Member, Harvard School of Public Health Leadership Council
  • Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Award of Merit Selection Committee
  • Past board member, Passim Folk Music and Cultural Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2008 – 2012)
  • Volunteer Chef, Community Cooks
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Patricia A. Moran

Special Counsel

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