Seminar April 12, 2012

Labor & Employment Executive Breakfast

Event Detail

Alston & Bird hosted a Labor & Employment Executive Breakfast seminar on Thursday, April 12, 8:15am-10:00am. Emily Costin and Chris Marquardt presented the following topics.

One Year Later: Effective ERISA Plan Communications after CIGNA v. Amara
The Supreme Court’s CIGNA v. Amara decision in May 2011 changed the landscape for lawsuits over the wording of summary plan descriptions. With the perspective of a year of experience and precedent in applying the Court’s holding and reasoning, we discussed the key impacts of the decision and practical tips intended to help employers with effective plan communications that minimize the risk of litigation.

Time to Update Antidiscrimination Policies? The 11th Circuit’s New Decision Regarding Transgender Employees and Sexual Stereotypes
In December 2011, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decided in Glenn v. Brumby that the discharge of a Georgia state legislative aide when he was making plans to undergo a sex-change transition from male to female constituted illegal sexual discrimination based on sexual stereotyping. While the court’s decision involved a state employer subject to constitutional obligations, its reasoning can be read as applicable to private employers under Title VII and potentially has broad implications for workplace policies and practices. We discussed the risks this case creates for employers and practical steps employers will want to consider to mitigate those risks.

The seminar was approved for one CLE hour by the State Bar of Georgia. For more information on CLE credit for this program, please contact Kelli A. Kirk at 404-881-4467 or

April 12, 2012
Alston & Bird LLP / 1180 West Peachtree Street / Atlanta, GA

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