Employers Grapple with Providing Benefits and Avoiding Legal Trouble Post-Roe v. Wade
Amy Sheridan was quoted in the article, "Employers Grapple with Providing Benefits and Avoiding Legal Trouble Post-Roe v. Wade," which was published by Employee Benefit News.
The article discusses how in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion illegal to millions of Americans, employers have been called to act. But are organizations stumbling into a political and legal minefield by advocating for their workers? Major corporations have announced that they will enact policies covering travel and legal expenses for employees needing to go to another state to get abortion services. However, those policies could face legal vitriol from states where the procedure is now illegal.
"There are arguments that if your plan covers abortion or abortion-related travel expenses, that amounts to civil or criminal liability in the state that prohibits abortion," says Amy. “I would anticipate that we're going to see lawsuits around these issues."
Much of the blowback expected by this decision is currently unclear, Amy says, leaving employers frustrated and often uncertain as to the legal risk they’re opening themselves up to.