Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) entered into a settlement agreement with UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company, United Behavioral Health, and Oxford Health Insurance, Inc. (collectively, “United”), wherein United agreed to pay more than $15.6 million to settle allegations that they violated the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act...Read More
Claire is an Associate in Maynard Cooper's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group.
With significant experience representing employers and management across the industry spectrum in a wide range of employment-related matters, Claire focuses her practice on assisting the firm's clients with all aspects of employee benefits and compensation plans and programs, including ERISA, health care, plan design and implementation, taxation, and employment discrimination claims arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal and state anti-discrimination statutes. Claire's industry experience includes advising companies operating in the manufacturing, health care, food distribution, hotel, affordable housing, and non-profit sectors, among others.
Claire holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Cumberland Law Review, and she has a B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science from Auburn University.
State Bar: Alabama
U.S. District Court: Alabama (Northern, Middle, Southern)
Just as (everyone thought) time was set to expire on the 2020 Outbreak Period Extension guidance released by DOL, HHS, IRS, and the Department of the Treasury, the DOL (in coordination with the other agencies) released EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-1 (“Notice 2021-1”) setting forth a case-by-case approach for determining...Read More
Employers who sponsor a Section 125 cafeteria (“flexible benefits”) plan, including those with a health and/or dependent care flexible spending account (each a “FSA”), may adopt new rules for their plans under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “CAA”), and related IRS Notice 2021-15 (the “Notice”). In addition to these...Read More