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Navigating the Post-Roe World: A Special Session with Employee Benefits and Employment Experts from Epstein Becker Green

This is a NEBGH Members only event. If you are interested in attending and not a member, please contact Elizabeth Merrill.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization opens a pandora’s box of questions and challenges for employers.

How should employers address access for employees to reproductive healthcare that is restricted in the state where the employees reside?

What should employers consider in offering travel benefits for healthcare services prohibited by state law?

What employment-related concerns should employers be aware of in light of the Dobbs decision?

These are only a few of the questions and challenges employers face in a post-Roe World.

 

Panelists

Gretchen Harders

Member of the Firm - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice
Epstein Becker Green

Gretchen Harders is a Member of the Firm in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice, in the firm's New York office.

Ms. Harders' practice focuses on all aspects of executive compensation and employee benefits law. Ms. Harders counsels a broad range of clients on executive compensation and employee benefit issues, tax-qualified and non-qualified plans, 401(k) plans, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, deferred compensation, executive incentive compensation plans, executive employment and severance agreements, Section 409A compliance, equity-based compensation plans, multiemployer plans and health and welfare plans and trusts.

Ms. Harders:

  • Advises corporate clients on employee benefits compliance matters, tax-qualified pension plan compliance, defined benefit plans, Section 401(k) plans, multiemployer plan funding and administration, health and welfare benefit plans and fringe benefit plans
  • Represents corporate clients and health care providers on health and welfare benefit plans, health care products and the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Advises both corporate and individual clients on executive compensation issues, including the design of executive employment contracts, incentive compensation arrangements, stock option plans and severance agreements, with a concentration in cross-border executive compensation and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act
  • Represents tax-exempt and not-for-profit institutions with respect to pension plans, executive compensation, deferred compensation and employee benefits compliance matters

Ms. Harders is a frequent speaker on various employee benefit issues and developments and has authored articles on various topics of ERISA and employee benefits law, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Ms. Harders has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2014 to 2018) in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law. She was also recommended by The Legal 500 United States (2013, 2014, 2018), in the category of Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Design, and named to the New York Metro Super Lawyerslist (2013 to 2017) in the area of Employee Benefits.

Publications:

  • Chapter 24, "Claims, Disputes, and Settlements," Section 409A Handbook(BNA Books, Fall 2010).
  • "Surprises for Publicly-Traded Multinational Employers: Complying with Section 409A of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code," International Legal News, Volume 5, Issue 2 (Aug. 15, 2008).
  • "Applying new US tax rules on deferred compensation to cross border arrangements," PLC Cross Border Employee and Labour Benefits Handbook 2007/8, with Howard Pianko (Sept. 13, 2007).
  • "Cross-border employment contracts — practical considerations for the multinational employer," PLC Cross Border Employee and Labour Benefits Handbook 2006/7, with Howard Pianko (Aug. 10, 2006).
  • "Employer Stock Funds in Corporate Transactions: Tax and ERISA Considerations," BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal (Feb. 2004).
  • "Employer Stock Funds in Corporate Transactions: Federal Securities Law Considerations," BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal (April 2004).

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
  • University of Chicago (B.A., 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Practice Areas

  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures

Industries

  • Health Care and Life Sciences Industry

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section

Cassandra Labbees

Member of the Firm
Epstein Becker & Green

Jennifer Barna

Senior Counsel
Epstein Becker Green

JENNIFER STEFANICK BARNA is a Senior Counsel in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management and Litigation practices, in the firm's Newark office. Her practice focuses on civil litigation and corporate counseling in the areas of employment law and complex commercial matters. Ms. Barna represents businesses in a broad spectrum of industries, including commercial real estate, financial services, health care, and retail.

Ms. Barna's experience includes:

  • Representing employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals on a wide range of issues involving harassment, discrimination, retaliation, breach of employment contracts, wage and hour compliance, tort claims, and restrictive covenants
  • Representing businesses in various sectors in diverse and complex commercial litigation matters
  • Counseling employers on workplace and employment law issues, such as discipline and termination, workplace accommodations, FMLA and similar state law leave issues, wage and hour compliance, and internal investigations
  • Representing retailers, hotels, and other hospitality-related businesses in public accommodation matters, including ADA accessibility and retaliation litigations
  • Conducting internal investigations on behalf of management on such issues as discrimination and sexual harassment
  • Conducting workplace training seminars for employers, including managers and non-supervisory personnel
  • Drafting employment policies and procedures as well as employee handbooks and manuals

While at law school, Ms. Barna was an Associate Editor of the Dickinson Law Review.

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