March 04, 2019 Issue: Spring 2019

About This Issue

A Hurricane is brewing in the Atlantic, it's heating up in Washington and it’s not even June. The EBC Midwinter Meeting held in Nashville was a huge success and we are closing in on advance preparation for the next Midwinter Meeting scheduled for February 5 – 8, 2020 in Palm Springs. This is a bit late for the 2019 Spring edition of the EBC Newsletter, but all good things . . . Our continuing efforts to address a broad spectrum of issues and developments of interest bring you the following offerings in this edition:

  • Adrienne Publicover provides her thoughts on ERISA and mediation in her article, “Tips for Successful ERISA Mediations: Five Things to Consider as You Prepare for Your Next ERISA Benefit Mediation”
  • Former Co-Editor, Aditi Kumar, also formerly with the PBGC, offers her views of ethical considerations in her article, “Professional Ethics in the #MeToo Era: A Growing Awareness of Sexual Harassment”
  • Jonathan Feigenbaum brings his perspective of disability claims following the DOL’s “new” rules on disability claims in his article, “Full and Fair Review of Disability Claims One Year After DOL Amends the ERISA Disability Claim Regulations – One Court’s Opinion on Sharing Evidence”
  • Jodi Swick and Alec DiMario collaborated on “spying” for the insurance companies in their article, “Cautionary Tales on Insurer Tails: Recent Opinions on Insurer Surveillance in ERISA LTD Claims”
  • John Harney has again brought to you the fine work of his Outreach Committee and reported their experiences in, “Employee Benefit Lawyers Visit Nashville for Law Student Outreach Program at Belmont Law School”
  • The Employee Benefits Committee Co-Chairs have recapped the last Midwinter Meeting in, “EBC Co-Chairs’ Report on the 2019 Midwinter Meeting”
  • The ever popular "As We Go to E-Press" has a few items of interest for your consideration.

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. They also would be delighted to discuss article ideas you may have. Those with thoughts on issues they would like to see addressed and/or thoughts on articles should contact one of the editors.