Thanks to the incredible efforts by the health and science community, which has developed not one, but two (or more) viable vaccines to combat COVID-19, there is hope of returning to some sense of normalcy in 2021. However, not soon enough to avoid a first ever VIRTUAL Employee Benefits Committee Midwinter Meeting! For those in the frozen tundra of New York, Chicago, Seattle and other points north of the Mason–Dixon Line, our annual flights to warmth for the Midwinter Meeting will be exchanged with the comfort of our homes in front of a computer screen. Our hardworking Co-Chairs of the Employee Benefits Committee are planning a fun-packed and informative 9 hours of CLE, including one hour of ethics, of course, that is assured to keep you on the edge of your kitchen table chairs. In our continuing efforts to address a broad spectrum of issues and developments of interest, we bring you the following offerings in this First Edition of 2021:
- John Harney assumes his new Committee Co-Chair role and offers his thoughts;
- Rick Nowak steps out of his co-editor role of the EBC Newsletter together with his partners, Maureen Gorman and Stephanie Vasconcellos, to analyze the Circuit Court split of Single Stock Fund Litigation;
- Christopher Leins and Kristina Salamoun provide an article on Zirbel v. Ford Motor Co., following the law of Montanile that affects recovery of pension overpayment litigation;
- Lindsey Chopin updates us on the U.S. Supreme Court’s action in employee benefits law in a round-up of cases from preemption to the ACA to Railroad retirement benefits;
- Rebecca Miller’s award-winning article on Church Plan Litigation following Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton;
- The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel’s Annual Induction of New Fellows and Winners of Awards;
- And, for the majority of us not only sick of winter, but also the restrictions of COVID-19, we have a preview of the 2021 Midwinter Meeting by the Co-Chairs.
Finally, we are proud to introduce two new, well-qualified EBC Newsletter co-editors to our team:
- Rachel Morowitz is with the Seattle office of Keller Rohrback where she focuses on employee retirement and welfare benefits in which she counsel’s employers to use best practices in providing retirement and healthcare benefits to their employees; and
- Rick Nowak is with the Chicago office of Mayer Brown where he practices ERISA and employment litigation and counseling
The members of the editorial board remain keenly interested in your feedback on whether we are capturing what you would like to see in your Newsletter. We would also be delighted to discuss any article ideas you may have. If you have thoughts on issues you would like to see addressed in a future edition or are interested in contributing an article, please contact one of the editors. We would love to hear from you.