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Elena Kaplan has more than 20 years of experience advising employers on how to implement successful benefit programs to attract and retain talent, while complying with a myriad of applicable laws, including ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. She provides advice on all manner of benefits, including health and welfare benefits, qualified retirement plans, executive compensation, and severance. Elena also assists employers with plan design, implementation, ongoing compliance, and plan termination, as well as navigating the benefits issues that arise when buying or selling a business.

A great deal of Elena's practice over the years has involved assisting employers with Affordable Care Act compliance, including updating plans to comply with coverage mandates and providing guidance about the "play or pay" rules for employers. She also has extensive experience advising covered entities about the HIPAA Privacy rules. In addition, Elena devotes a portion of her practice to the formation and ongoing compliance of nonprofit entities, including filing for and maintaining tax-exempt status.

Elena currently serves as secretary of the Jones Day Foundation and as a vice chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the ABA Tax Section. She is a past president of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia and served for 12 years on the board of governors of the State Bar of Georgia.


  • HanesBrands completes $700 million Senior Notes offeringJones Day represented HanesBrands Inc., a leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia, and Asia-Pacific, in connection with a private offering of $700 million aggregate principal amount of 5.375% Senior Notes due 2025.
  • Western Digital sold ActiveScale™ business to QuantumJones Day advised Western Digital Corporation's subsidiary Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the sale of its ActiveScale™ business to Quantum Corporation.
  • Central American conglomerate acquires significant strategic real estate holding in HondurasJones Day represented a Central American conglomerate in the acquisition of a significant strategic real estate holding in Honduras.
  • VSE Corporation divests Prime Turbines, LLC to PTB Holdings USA, LLCJones Day advised VSE Corporation, a leading provider of distribution and repair services for land, sea, and air transportation assets in the public and private sectors, in the sale of subsidiary Prime Turbines, LLC to PTB Holdings USA, LLC.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Integrated Global ServicesJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in the acquisition and related financing of Integrated Global Services, Inc. ("IGS").
  • PGT Innovations acquires NewSouth Window SolutionsJones Day advised PGT Innovations, Inc., a national leader in premium windows and doors, including impact-resistant products, in connection with its $92 million cash acquisition of NewSouth Window Solutions, subject to adjustments.
  • Milliken & Company acquires Borchers from The Jordan CompanyJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Borchers Group Limited, a global specialty chemicals company known for its innovative high-performance coating additives and specialty catalyst solutions, from The Jordan Company, L.P.
  • Smith & Nephew acquires Tusker Medical, Inc.Jones Day advised Smith & Nephew plc, the global medical technology company, in the acquisition of Tusker Medical, Inc., the developer of the Tula System, an in-office solution for tympanostomy tubes (commonly known as ear tubes).
  • Ohio Transmission acquires Laron Inc.Jones Day advised Ohio Transmission in its acquisition of Laron Inc., a leading provider of mechanical and electric motor repair and engineering services in the southwestern United States.
  • Newell Brands sells The United States Playing Card Company to Cartamundi GroupJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of The United States Playing Card Company ("USPC") to Cartamundi Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of playing cards and board games.
  • Invitation Homes sells 708 homes in Nashville to Tricon Capital GroupJones Day advised Invitation Homes L.P. in connection with the sale of 708 homes in Nashville to Tricon Capital Group Inc. for $210 million.
  • Ohio Transmission acquires Keller ElectricalJones Day advised Ohio Transmission Corporation in its acquisition of Keller Electrical, a provider of industrial electrical services, equipment, components and supplies serving the southwestern United States.
  • Western Digital sells IntelliFlash™ business to DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN®)Jones Day advised Western Digital Corp. in the sale of its IntelliFlash™ business to DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN®), a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-cloud data management.
  • Western Digital acquires Kazan NetworksJones Day advised Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ:WDC) in its acquisition of Kazan Networks Corp., a provider of industry leading NVMe™-over-Fabric (NVMe-oF) ASIC and adapter products for next-generation data center architectures.
  • Deltek acquires ComputerEaseJones Day advised Deltek, a subsidiary of Roper Technologies, Inc., a technology company that operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products for global niche markets, in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of ComputerEase, a provider of construction accounting software.
  • Milliken Infrastructure Solutions sold to ClockSpring|NRIJones Day advised Milliken & Company in the sale of Milliken Infrastructure Solutions, LLC to ClockSpring|NRI, a manufacturer of highly innovative and engineered products for the repair and rehabilitation of global critical infrastructure.
  • Milliken & Company acquires PolartecJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Polartec, a strong global brand known for its innovative performance textiles for outdoor and military apparel, from Versa Capital Management, LLC.
  • Milliken & Company acquires Andover Healthcare, Inc. and Andover Resources, Inc.Jones Day advised Milliken & Company, an industrial manufacturer that is active in a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemical, floor covering, performance and protective textile materials, in connection with the acquisition of Andover Healthcare, Inc. and Andover Resources, Inc., leading manufacturers of cohesive bandages and tapes for healthcare, animal health, and sports medicine industries.
  • Engage PEO acquired by Lightyear CapitalJones Day advised Engage PEO, a professional employer organization providing HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the U.S., in its acquisition by Lightyear Capital.
  • Newell Brands sells Process Solutions to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC for $500 millionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of its Process Solutions business to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC for $500 million in cash.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • October 29, 2018
      Mental Health Parity, 2018 Health and Welfare Benefit Plans National Institute
    • September 15, 2017
      The Affordable Care Act: How Health Coverage is Changing Under the Trump Administration; Federal Bar Association 2017 Annual Meeting and Convention
    • May 12, 2017
      Mental Health Parity Litigation Trends, ABA Tax Section Meeting
    • February 13, 2017
      Looking into the Crystal Ball: What You Need to Know About Tax Reform & the Future of the Affordable Care Act, Jones Day CLE Academy
    • January 20, 2017
      The Future of the Affordable Care Act, ABA Tax Section Meeting
    • September 30, 2016
      Proposed Form 5500 Changes and the Impact on Welfare Benefit Plans, ABA Tax Section Meeting
    • August 10, 2016
      Compliance Update for Health and Welfare Plans, Ohio Health Action Council
    • February 22, 2016
      Legal Issues for Employers under the Affordable Care Act in 2016
    • January 30, 2016
      Current and Future Developments Under the Affordable Care Act, ABA Tax Section Meeting
    • January 29, 2016
      ACA Market Reforms and the Final Regulations, ABA Tax Section Meeting
    • September 25, 2015
      Health Care Benefits and Affordable Care Act Updates
    • September 18, 2015
      Impact of Obergefell v. Hodges on Welfare Benefit Plans, ABA Tax Section Meeting
    • May 8, 2015
      Marketplace Notices: Whether and How to Respond, ABA Tax Section Meeting
    • April 23, 2015
      The Decline and Rebirth of Detroit
    • March 17, 2015
      Affordable Care Act in 2015: The State of the Law for Employers, Individuals, and Health Care Providers Five Years After Enactment, PLI Webinar
    • February 19, 2015
      Key Health Care Issues for Non-Health Care Lawyers
    • January 31, 2015
      ACA Issues in M&A, ABA Tax Section Meeting
    • January 30, 2015
      DOL Audits of Health Care Plans, ABA Tax Section Meeting
    • September 19, 2014
      The New Employer Reporting Requirement: Offers of Health Coverage, ABA Tax Section Meeting
    • July 17, 2014
      To Pay or Play Under the Affordable Care Act: Update on the Employer Mandate and Tax Implications
    • March 26, 2014
      Bargaining Benefits: Bargaining Health Care and Pension Changes
    • March 25, 2014
      Affordable Care Act Update -- What You Need to Know from the Recently Issued Final Regulations
    • February 26, 2014
      Get Ready to Play or Pay: The Employer Health Coverage Mandate Under the Affordable Care Act
    • December 6, 2013
      The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: What the Labor and Employment Lawyer Should Know; 43rd Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute
    • September 29, 2013
      What Health Care HR Needs to Know about the Affordable Care Act, American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration 49th Annual Conference
    • August 15, 2013
      Affordable Care Act: Implementation for Employers; Region 21 Chapter 13 Trustee Conference
    • August 1, 2013
      Affordable Care Act Presentation
    • June 20, 2013
      The Affordable Care Act: Current Implementation Issues for Employers
    • May 30, 2013
      Affordable Care Act - Getting Ready to Pay or Play: ACA Compliance for Smaller and Growing Employers
    • May 29, 2013
      Affordable Care Act - Getting Ready to Pay or Play: ACA Implementation for "Large" Employers
    • April 25, 2013
      Get Ready to Play or Pay in 2014! Complying with the Health Coverage Mandates, ICLE New Tax Laws CLE
    • April 9-10, 2013
      Jones Day 2013 Chicago Health Care Conference
    • April 9 & 10, 2013
      Affordable Care Act: Implementation Issues for Employers, Jones Day Chicago Health Care Conference
    • March 21, 2013
      Cleveland WEB -- Annual Legal & Regulatory Update
    • February 28, 2013
      Get Ready To Play or Pay!: Key Considerations About the Employer Health Coverage Mandate, Jones Day CLE Academy
    • February 21, 2013
      Navigating the Road to 2014: Moving from Compliance to Strategic Planning
    • November 14, 2012
      Employer Wellness Policies, ADA, HIPAA and Affordable Care Act Considerations, Ohio Chamber of Commerce Webinar
    • November 13, 2012
      Health Care Reform: What's Next for Employers?
    • August 23, 2012
      SEBC / SHRM Atlanta Joint Conference -- Benefits & Retirement Plan Hot Buttons: What Employers Need to Know
    • July 26, 2012
      2012 Speaker Series
      Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act: What's Next for Employers?
    • June 5, 2012
      Health Care Reform: What If They Throw the Whole Thing Out?
    • September 21, 2011
      Collective Bargaining and Health Care Reform, American Forest & Paper Association Employee Relations Committee
    • March 2, 2011
      Health Care Reform - What Shall We Look for in 2011?, Jones Day Atlanta Office CLE Academy
    • October 21, 2010
      Federal Health Care Reform - Impact on Contractors, Department of Energy Contractor Attorneys' Association
    • September 3, 2010
      Health Reform - Claims Appeals Process, Health Action Council of Ohio Webinar
    • April 20, 2010
      Health Care Reform - Impact on Employers, Jones Day Benefits Breakfast
    • February 14, 2008
      Current Issues in Employee Benefits and Tax, ICLEGA 18th Annual Winter Seminar
    • July 11, 2003
      Employee Benefits Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Federal Legal Protections for the Military CLE
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