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Chris Lockman – Benefit plan and employer communications questions after DOBBS


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Show Topic:
The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade has led to a host of different responses from employers across the country—specifically those with employees in states that now ban and significantly limit access to abortions.

There are a number of circumstances and situations that employers should keep top of mind when discussing this controversial topic.

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join host Tawny Alvarez and Attorney Chris Lockman of Verrill as they discuss how the Court’s holding will affect employers, their benefit plans, and their communications about this controversial topic.

This show will cover questions about employee benefits in states that outlaw abortions, how company statements and social media posts may be used against employers in criminal proceedings, and policies employers should keep in place regarding this topic.

About The Guest:

Chris is a Partner in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group at Verrill.

He helps clients navigate a broad range of employee benefits matters, with an emphasis on welfare benefit plan compliance, including consumer-driven health care arrangements, self-insured group health plans design, and compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a member of the firm’s ERISA Litigation group, Chris has defended clients in litigation involving pension and welfare benefit plans and provides advice in benefit claims administration and other matters involving fiduciary liability exposure.

Chris has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business under Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and as a New England Super Lawyers Rising Star. Learn more about Chris at: