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Amy M. Christen

Amy M. Christen



  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Gaming & Indian Law
  • Privacy and Data Security

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Michigan, U.S.A.


Amy M. Christen assists clients with a full range of employee benefit matters, including compliance and design of qualified retirement plans, health and other welfare plans and fringe benefit plans. As leader of the practice group’s Health and Welfare Team, Amy assists clients develop strategies to comply with the myriad of complex laws impacting employer sponsored group health plans, including the Affordable Care Act, COBRA and HIPAA Privacy and Security laws. Amy also advises clients on employee benefit concerns in mergers and acquisitions and ERISA litigation.

Before joining Dykema, Ms. Christen practiced employee benefits law for a boutique benefits firm and prior to that, a major Detroit-based law firm. She also clerked for the Ohio Court of Appeals.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1995


University of Toledo, J.D., magna cum laude Ohio State University, B.A.
Areas of Practice

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation | Gaming & Indian Law | Labor & Employment | Privacy and Data Security

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Michigan State Bar Association, Labor and Taxation Sections
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Michigan Employee Benefits Conference


  • 2006 - Detroit Medical Center - "ERISA Disclosure and Claims Review Procedures for Group Health Plans"
  • 2005 - "Managed Care Primer (ERISA Compliance Chapter)"
  • 2005 - Foundation For Healthy Community, Jackson County Employer Consortium - "HIPAA Non-Discrimination Rules & Bona Fide Wellness Plans"
  • 2004 - "Domestic Partner Issues for Employee Benefit Plans, Employment Group Seminar
  • 2003 - "Tax Law Updates for Retirement Plans, Marsh-Dykema Presentation"
  • 2003 - Employment Group Seminar - "COBRA and Other Welfare Benefits Update"
  • 2003 - "Fiduciary Training for 401(k) Plans, Client Presentation"
  • 2003 - "HIPAA Privacy Laws for Employers, Harbor Benefit Services"
  • 2001 - Employment Group Seminar - "New Tax Law Changes Affecting Employee Benefits"
  • 1997-1998 COBRA Compliance, Toledo Ohio Employers Association


Deferring Payroll Tax—The IRS Lets Employers Off The Hook
Dykema, September 2020

On September 2, 2020, we issued an e-alert discussing the deferral of the employee portion of Social Security taxes (“SS Tax Deferral Program”), as directed by the Presidential Memorandum dated August 28, 2020, and as implemented by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) pursuant to Notice 2020-65 (“Notice”) issued on August 28, 2020...

Deferring Payroll Tax—The Employer’s Dilemma
Dykema, September 2020

On August 13, 2020, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of the Treasury to use his authority to defer the withholding, deposit and payment of the employee portion of Social Security taxes (“SS Tax Deferral Program”). On August 28, 2020, the Secretary of the Treasury and IRS issued Notice 2020-65 (“Notice”) to implement the SS Tax Deferral Program...

Benefit Plan Implications of the CARES Act
Dykema, April 2020

On March 27, 2019, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “Act”) was signed by President Trump. The Act provides significant relief for employee benefit plan participants and includes both required and discretionary changes. Plan sponsors should immediately review their benefit plans to ensure that amendments are properly and timely implemented to ensure that their plans continue to operate in accordance with applicable law...

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