G'Nece Jones

Associate

jonesgn@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8286
Fax 215.864.8999
Philadelphia

G'Nece Jones advises plan sponsors on various benefit plan issues related to plan design, administration, maintenance of tax-qualified status, tax reporting, and operational compliance matters. She provides regulatory compliance advice on Code sections 403(b), 457, 401(k), and 409A as they relate to retirement plans and deferred compensation plans. G’Nece assists clients in conducting due diligence efforts and drafting contracts with insurers, annuity providers, HIPAA-related business associates, and other vendors. She also drafts plan documents, summary plan descriptions, and other communications to ensure that plans efficiently discharge their fiduciary duties related to plan disclosure and reporting. G’Nece advises clients on compliance with ERISA, the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, HITECH, COBRA, cafeteria plan rules, and other legal requirements governing health and welfare plans. During the COVID-19 outbreak, G’Nece is helping employers address various employee benefit issues arising from the FFCRA, CARES Act, and changes in their workforce.

Prior to joining the firm, G'Nece worked as a Benefits Advisor for the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration where she analyzed documents governing employee benefit plans to ensure compliance with ERISA, the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, COBRA, and various other federal laws.

While in law school, G'Nece successfully represented claimants in administrative hearings before the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Board of Review and the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. 

Judicial Internship

Hon. David N. Wecht, Pennsylvania Superior Court, 2013

Publications

Co-author, "IRS Guidance Provides COVID-19 Relief for Participants Taking Retirement Plan Distributions and Loans," Ballard Spahr alert, June 25, 2020

Co-author, "DOL’s Long-Awaited Electronic Disclosure Rule for ERISA Retirement Plans is Finally Here!" Ballard Spahr alert, May 28, 2020

Co-author, "CMS Addresses Extended Deadlines for Benefit Plans," Ballard Spahr alert, May 19, 2020

Co-author, "IRS Increases Carryover Limits for Health FSAs, Addresses Timing of Health Insurance Premium Payments," Ballard Spahr alert, May 15, 2020 

Co-author, "IRS Issues New Guidance on CARES Act Provisions Affecting Retirement Plans," Ballard Spahr alert, May 6, 2020

Co-author, "CMS Encourages Flexibility in Utilization Management and Prior Authorization Within Limits," Ballard Spahr alert, April 23, 2020

Co-author, "Federal Agencies Postpone Deadlines for Employee Benefit Plan Matters," Ballard Spahr alert, April 15, 2020

Co-author, "CMS Releases Recommendations on Adult Elective Surgeries, Non-Essential Medical, Surgical, and Dental Procedures During COVID-19 Response," Ballard Spahr alert, March 20, 2020

Co-author, "Health Care and Price Transparency: The Latest Summary," Ballard Spahr alert, December 4, 2019

Co-author, "Proposed Regulations Provide Additional Guidance on Individual Coverage HRAs," Ballard Spahr alert, October 16, 2019

Co-author, "U.S. Treasury Changes 401(k) and 403(b) Hardship Withdrawal Rules," Ballard Spahr alert, September 30, 2019

Co-author, "DOL Move Expands Definition of 'Employer' For Multiple Employer Plans," Ballard Spahr alert, August 2, 2019

Co-author, "Treasury Recognizes Preventive Care for Chronic Conditions Under High Deductible Health Plans," Ballard Spahr alert, July 19, 2019

Co-author, "Executive Order Aims to Enhance Transparency in Health Care Costs and Quality," Ballard Spahr alert, July 2, 2019

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Legal Developments Affecting Employee Benefit Plans," Public Employer Human Resources Roundtable, Ballard Spahr event, March 5, 2020

University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D. 2015)

University of Nottingham (LL.M. 2010)

Howard University (B.A. 2008)
Member, Phi Beta Kappa

Pennsylvania

New Jersey