8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Legal Update
Presented by Eric Athey and Renee Lieux, McNees
In our annual healthcare legal update, Eric Athey and Renee Lieux will share what is currently happening in the legal landscape as it relates and impacts your healthcare benefits and employees. Hot topics to be covered include: ACA, Covid-19 and Compliance, CARES Act, LGBTQ Rights and Employee Benefits, HIPAA Enforcement, and HRA’s. Of course, with the upcoming Presidential transition as well as Covid vaccine distribution, there could be new impacts coming down the pike right before the session, so Eric and Renee will keep the content as current and fresh as possible so you have the most relevant and timely updates in this session.
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Vaccine Confidence
Presented by Dr. Nicole Parkerson, Merck & Co., Inc.
Dr. Parkerson’s presentation will educate employers and community members on what we can do to increase vaccine confidence. Included in the presentation will be the factors that contribute to vaccine hesitancy and provide an overview of how a vaccine becomes licensed and the monitoring systems in place for safety of the vaccines. Additionally, there will information on how to communicate with people about vaccines so that we can increase vaccine confidence among employees and the community.
Eric N. Athey
is co-chair of the Labor and Employment Group at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC. He practices primarily in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation law as well as labor and employment. He provides counseling and representation to employers on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including compliance assistance with laws such as the Affordable Care Act, FMLA, ADA, OSHA and wage and hour laws. Eric routinely helps unionized and non-union clients navigate difficult situations involving allegations of discrimination and harassment, as well as labor negotiations and arbitrations, employment contracts, and employment policy development.
L. Renee Lieux
is a member of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group at McNees. Clients seek her assistance with the establishment, compliance, and administration of welfare benefit plans, pension plans, and fringe benefit plans, including cafeteria plans, HRAs, defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans, profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, employee stock purchase plans, ESOPs, governmental plans, Taft-Hartley multiemployer pension and welfare plans, and insured and self-insured welfare plans. Renee also advises clients on employee benefits issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions.
Nicole Parkerson is a Regional Medical Director employed by Merck & Co., Inc. Dr. Parkerson graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed her residency in Pediatrics at University of Virginia Medical Center. She is board-certified in Pediatrics. She served as managing physician partner at Raleigh Pediatric Associates and has held positions of Associate Faculty for University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC and Board Member for Key Physicians IPA in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Parkerson has also served as Board Member for Cigna Physician Advisory Board in Raleigh.