Impact of Roe v. Wade's Reversal on Employment Law: A Panel Discussion

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Date(s) - 08/11/2022
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Greenbrier Country Club


Hampton Roads SHRM presents:

Impact of Roe v. Wade’s Reversal on Employment Law:  A Panel Discussion

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Event time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm

LOCATION: Greenbrier Country Club, 1301 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320
Registration: 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. – Noon
Chapter Meeting: 11:50 a.m.
Presentation: Noon – 1 p.m. (*NOTE: Due to HRCI guidelines lunch will not be available after Noon for in-person attendees.)

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The US Supreme Court with its recent decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturned Roe v. Wade, finding no federal constitutional right to abortion and allowing states to regulate and ban abortions at all stages of pregnancy.  This decision has immediate impacts on various aspects of employment law, including benefit plans and administration, as well as potential litigation and other risks.

This panel of presenters will discuss the history of the decision and reasoning of the Court’s decision from an employment law context.  The panelists will provide an overview of legal risks employers should consider when deciding whether to cover (or continue covering) part or all of the costs associated with abortion services (or travel to access abortion services) under their group health plans.  This includes different issues confronting fully insured and self-insured plans, navigating state criminal and civil laws, tax treatment of reimbursements, and mental health parity considerations.  The panelists will also address how employers can assess what impact this ruling may have in their workplace, possible litigation and risks created by the decision for employers and on their employee health benefit plans, including access to abortion services, and travel & lodging benefits.

The discussion will include a survey of how employers are reworking benefit programs to meet current employee needs.

Learning Objectives:     

  • Legal analysis and impact on the workplace of recent Supreme Court decision
  • Insights to benefits strategy based on changing landscape and employee expectations
  • Possible risk and litigation that may arise and mitigation efforts to contain risk and liability exposure

About the Speakers:

John Bredehoft, Esq., Employment Law Practice Group Member, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.

John’s practice emphasizes civil litigation and litigation-avoidance strategies. He works primarily in the fields of employment law, discrimination (including housing and public accommodation discrimination), and consumer finance and regulation. John is a member of our Employment Law Practice Group and an active participant in the firm’s Credit Union initiative. He is a member of the Firm’s COVID-19 Task Force, and has advised scores of clients on legal compliance, risk reduction, and employee management strategies in the time of pandemic (including his many well received Town Hall webcasts for client groups). He is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as in Virginia; he appears frequently in civil litigation of all stripes in the “Rocket Docket” of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Former Chair of the Virginia Bar Association Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law, past Chair of the Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers, and a former member of the VSB Standing Committee on Professionalism.

John is a frequent speaker and compliance trainer to lawyers, corporate managers, law students, and to business groups nationwide. He has spoken in venues from Oregon to Key West, from Boston to San Diego, and in every law school in Virginia, on topics such as telework, harassment avoidance, legal professionalism, consumer class actions, fair credit reporting, and reasonable accommodations in cyberspace. He is the editor for the Virginia Employment Law section of Chambers Global Practice Guide (2019 and 2020).

Kristin Henshaw, CEBS, GBDS, Health Business Leader, Mercer Health & Benefits

Kristin is the Health Business Leader for Virginia and a Senior Health & Benefits Consultant in Mercer’s Richmond Office. She leads client teams in developing and executing benefits strategy, with a focus on assisting clients with effective cost management and employee engagement.

Kristin joined Mercer in 2003. Prior to joining the team, she worked for a regional benefits consulting firm with primary responsibility for consulting and account management for North Carolina and Virginia-based clients of all sizes. At Mercer, Kristin’s client focus has been on employers with 5,000 or more employees.

Kristin graduated from Hollins College (now Hollins University) with a dual degree in Political Science and Economics. In March 2009, Kristin earned her Group Benefits Disability Specialist (GBDS) designation through The National Underwriter Company and in September 2020, she completed coursework to earn her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation.

Monique Warren, Atty at Law, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Monique Warren is a principal in the White Plains, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She counsels employers on employee benefits compliance and administrative matters, drafts plan documents and employee communication materials, and represents employers to government agencies.

Monique’s expertise includes health and welfare plans as well as retirement plans. She has extensive experience helping group health plan sponsors navigate COBRA, HIPAA, and other ERISA and Internal Revenue Code provisions. A significant part of her practice currently focuses on employer issues related to the 2010 health care reform law.

She also has extensive experience helping retirement plan sponsors comply with ERISA fiduciary requirements and the Code’s qualification requirements and correcting plan errors under the Department of Labor’s and Internal Revenue Service’s voluntary correction programs. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Monique was a member of the employee benefits group of a large Chicago law firm and later maintained her own practice in Illinois, representing employers in employee benefits, employment and employment-related immigration matters.

While attending law school, she was an intern in the tax clinic at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and was a judicial extern for the Honorable Blanche Manning, Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Monique was also on the Dean’s List and a member of the Moot Court team. Monique gained significant practical experience in business prior to becoming an attorney. During the 10 years prior to attending law school, she directed human resource functions in large manufacturing and research enterprises. She was certified as a senior human resource professional by SHRM in 1996.

Monique has provided numerous employee benefit seminars to clients as well as industry and professional associations. Employers frequently applaud her ability to explain complex “legalese” in a way that is of practical use to them.

In addition to authoring many articles, Monique has been interviewed by and quoted in newspapers and periodicals including The Wall Street Journal and edits the firm’s Benefits Law Advisor Blog.



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