Melissa S. Woods Presents on Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations at the Practicing Law Institute’s (PLI) 2021 Program

October 12, 2021

On October 12, 2021, Melissa S. Woods will present at the PLI Employment Law Institute’s 2021 Program.  Ms. Woods will participate in a panel on Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations.  The panel will discuss analyzing the common causes for investigation, considerations in hiring an investigator, determining the scope of the investigation, special considerations for public sector investigation, conducting investigations in the virtual environment, navigating investigations with union issues, and avoiding common investigation mishaps.

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Lisa M. Gomez Nominated by President Biden to Serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor

Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP is thrilled to announce that President Biden has nominated our partner and colleague Lisa M. Gomez to serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor.  This honor and call to service is the culmination of Lisa’s 27+ year career as an employee benefits attorney, representing plans and plan sponsors in the multiemployer benefit plan community serving their participants and beneficiaries, as well as other Taft-Hartley and single employer plans in the private sector and a federal employee health benefit plan.  Lisa looks forward to her confirmation by the Senate and is grateful and humbled to be presented with the opportunity to serve the Biden Administration and the country’s employee benefit plans, participants and beneficiaries in this important role.

A copy of the White House press release can be found here.

Jani K. Rachelson and Marcy J. Dunlap present at the IFEBP’s Essentials of Multiemployer Trust Fund Administration in Boston, MA

September 20-24, 2021

Jani K. Rachelson and Marcy J. Dunlap lead off the IFEBP’s Essentials of Multiemployer Trust Fund Administration professional development fundamentals course in Boston September 20 through 24, 2021 with a day on the legal and regulatory environment in which pension and health plans exist. Their program reviews the statutes governing multiemployer plans, fiduciary obligations, key administrative issues, plan coverage and collecting contributions, required and desired insurance coverage and employer issues for those funds with in-house staff, among other important subjects for plan trustees and administrators.

Melissa S. Woods Presents on Gender Discrimination in the 2020’s Workplace at the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation 2021 Program

June 14, 2021

On June 14, 2021, Melissa S. Woods will present at the PLI’s Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation 2021 Program.  Ms. Woods will participate in a panel on Gender Discrimination in the 2020’s Workplace.  The panel will discuss how #MeToo and #TimesUp have influenced sexual harassment law and workplaces generally; what Covid-19 taught us about protections for women in the workplace; whether the landscape for gender claims changing; the impact of U.S. Soccer and other pay equity cases; whether AI will have an impact on gender discrimination claims; and whether AI is influenced by gender and the related workplace legal implications.

Please click here if you would like to register.  https://www.pli.edu/programs/employment-discrimination-law?t=live

Sharon Aguirre Moderates Employee Benefits Session at the Annual AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance Conference

May 3, 2021

On May 3, 2021, Sharon Aguirre will moderate a presentation on “Benefits Litigation Update – Recent Developments and Things to Watch” at the Annual Union Lawyers Alliance Conference. The presentation will discuss recent Supreme Court decisions, withdrawal liability cases to watch, COVID-19 litigation, 401(k) plan excessive fee litigation, and developing case law regarding recovery of participant overpayments. 

If you would like to register, please click (here): https://ula-aflcio.org/ula-virtual-conference-registration/

Melissa S. Woods Presents at the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service 41st Arbitration Symposium

May 7, 2021

On May 7, 2021, Melissa Woods will participate in a panel on “Evidence and Proof: What It Takes” at the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service 41st Arbitration Symposium.  The panel will discuss what it takes to prove a case in arbitration, the Burden of Proof and Quantum of Proof, Evidence, Stipulations, Subpoenas and Virtual Arbitration Hearings.

If you would like to register, please click (here) https://form.jotform.com/210106243732139

Melissa S. Woods Presents At The American Bar Association’s 2021 Virtual Midwinter Meeting Of the Committee On Employment Rights & Responsibilities

March 17-19, 2021

On March 19, 2021, Ms. Woods will participate in a panel, “Changing Landscape of Title VII,” at the American Bar Association Midwinter meeting of the Committee on Employment Rights & Responsibilities.  The panel will examine the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and its subsequent interpretations by the courts and discuss its relevancy in the current workplace landscape and social climate. They also will discuss the best practices for employers and attorneys as they attempt to navigate the complexities and nuance of the “new age” of Title VII.

 Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee

Melissa S. Woods presents at Global Sport Matters Live on the topic of Legal Action and Individual NFL Franchises

March 2, 2021

On March 2, 2021, Melissa S. Woods will participate in a panel on Legal Action and Individual NFL Franchises at Global Sport Matters Live, presented by Global Sport Institute and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  The panel will discuss how to further improve progress in hiring since the latest research findings from the Global Sports Institute show that the Rooney Rule has not had the intended impact nearly 20 years later, and the feasibility, desirability, and viability of legal action against National Football League franchises for discrimination in the hiring of head coaches.  For more information, see   https://globalsportmatters.com/events/2021/02/16/legalactionandnflowners/

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