[Webinar] Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits Webinar Series - Supreme Court Review - November 5th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST

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November 5th, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST

2020 has seen an inordinate number of Supreme Court oral arguments and decisions addressing important ERISA issues. In its opinions the Supreme Court has explained what ERISA means by “actual knowledge,” has confirmed the authority of Health and Human Services to promulgate rules significantly affecting the ACA and has limited a participant’s ability to bring suit against her pension plan. And this fall the Court will hear arguments in cases that could result in higher drug prices and lead to the demise of the ACA. The Eighth Circuit too has tackled ERISA issues of national significance. We will highlight why these cases have practical significance to those who administer ERISA plans, and discuss how all these cases impact your human resources department.

2020 also saw critical Supreme Court decisions regarding labor and employment issues. Most notably, the Court recognized that Title VII protects individuals who are discriminated against due their sexual orientation or gender identity. But the Court also limited the reach of the nation’s anti-discrimination laws, holding that religious schools are exempt from lawsuits alleging that teachers who spend part of their time providing religious instructions were terminated due to age or disability. In this session, we will address the rationale underlying these decisions as well as their implications for future cases.

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This webinar is approved for 1.2 hours general CLE credit in Missouri and 1.0 hour general CLE credit in California and Illinois. 1.0 hour general CLE credit in Texas is pending. This webinar is also approved for 1.0 hour of SHRM and HRCI credit.

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Cliff Godiner

Cliff Godiner
Partner
Thompson Coburn LLP

Cliff is a labor and employment attorney who advises executives and HR leaders on all aspects of employment litigation and labor disputes.

He has carved out a special niche in the area of the Railway Labor Act and is one of a limited number of practitioners nationwide who represent carriers in labor disputes under that law.

Rick Pautler

Rick Pautler
Partner
Thompson Coburn LLP

Rick devotes his entire practice to the defense of employers in ERISA litigation related to pension, life, health, and disability benefits, both self-funded and insured.

In his 30-plus years of experience in ERISA litigation, Rick has appeared as lead counsel in more than 100 reported ERISA district court opinions originating from more than 30 district courts, and 30 ERISA appellate court opinions originating from eight different circuits. A number of those opinions are cited today as precedents in key areas of ERISA law, including "serious consideration" in the context of early retirement programs, whipsaw calculations in cash balance plans, and the enforceability of forum selection clauses.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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