Karleen J. Green

Karleen Green has a blended labor and employment practice which concentrates on employee benefits and employment matters for both public and private employers, including compliance with federal and state employment laws as well as ERISA, HIPAA, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and COBRA. She represents clients in various industries, including construction, health care, public utilities, package and freight delivery, financial services, fueling, gaming, industrial equipment, insurance, real estate, food service, education, and state and local government. Ms. Green handles issues related to plan qualification under the Internal Revenue Code and compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and COBRA. She regularly counsels clients on administration of pension and welfare benefit plans and cafeteria plans as well as plan correction issues. Ms. Green also drafts benefit plans and various plan documents such as summary plan descriptions and plan amendments and reviews prototype plan documents and service agreements. She advises employers on nonqualified deferred compensation matters, employment agreements and severance arrangements. She handles ERISA litigation involving issues of breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful denial of benefits. Ms. Green has spoken numerous times on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the impact on employer-provided group health coverage and counsels clients on compliance issues.

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Karleen Green has a blended labor and employment practice which concentrates on employee benefits and employment matters for both public and private employers, including compliance with federal and state employment laws as well as ERISA, HIPAA, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and COBRA. She represents clients in various industries, including construction, health care, public utilities, package and freight delivery, financial services, fueling, gaming, industrial equipment, insurance, real estate, food service, education, and state and local government. Ms. Green handles issues related to plan qualification under the Internal Revenue Code and compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and COBRA. She regularly counsels clients on administration of pension and welfare benefit plans and cafeteria plans as well as plan correction issues. Ms. Green also drafts benefit plans and various plan documents such as summary plan descriptions and plan amendments and reviews prototype plan documents and service agreements. She advises employers on nonqualified deferred compensation matters, employment agreements and severance arrangements. She handles ERISA litigation involving issues of breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful denial of benefits. Ms. Green has spoken numerous times on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the impact on employer-provided group health coverage and counsels clients on compliance issues.

Ms. Green counsels employers on issues related to Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and state laws related to discrimination and retaliation, wage payment, and noncompetition and defends clients in administrative proceedings and litigation asserting claims under these laws. She frequently counsels clients on the administration of employee benefits during leaves of absence under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, the FMLA, and other federal and state laws. She regularly drafts and reviews employment policies and conducts training sessions on employment laws.

Experience

  • Representation of clients in various industries on compliance with the PPACA, including group health plan compliance with insurance market reforms, grandfathered plan status, and compliance with the employer mandate
  • Representation of clients in various industries regarding HIPAA privacy and security compliance, including drafting and reviewing Notice of Privacy Practices, Privacy and Security Policies and Procedures, and business associate agreements
  • Designed and amended deferred compensation arrangements, including change in control agreements, bonus arrangements, and other severance arrangements in connection with Code Section 409A for employers in the public utility, health care, and financial services industries
  • Representation of gaming and industrial clients on various welfare plan issues, including establishment of on-site medical clinics, administration of COBRA, and HIPAA compliance
  • Representation of international company acquiring American-based business in establishing pension and welfare benefits for employees
  • Representation of employers on issues related to administration of group health plans under including COBRA, HIPAA, USERRA, the FMLA, and other legislative acts and regulations
  • Representation of employers in ERISA litigation regarding claims for benefits
  • Representation of tax exempt and governmental employers on eligible and ineligible plans under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Representation of a national package delivery company in cases involving claims under Title VII, the ADEA, ADA, and COBRA
  • Representation of state employers in suits alleging civil rights violations and constitutional rights violations

Insights

Publications
  • Author, "The Benefits of Changing Times: Health Plan Compliance in 2010," The Federal Lawyer, Volume 57, Number 1 (2010)
Speaking Engagements
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section Council (Chair, 2007-2008); Bat P. Sullivan Chair’s Award (2004)
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation (Board of Directors, 2008-2010 and 2014-present; Chair, Development Committee, 2009-2011; Grants Committee)
  • Federal Bar Association (Secretary, Labor and Employment Law Section; Chair, Special Committee on Employee Benefits, 2005-2010; Board of Governors, 2016 - present)
  • American Bar Association (Taxation and Labor and Employment Law Sections and Employee Benefits Committee)
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association (Holiday Star Committee and Membership Committee)
  • Southwest Benefits Association   
  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce - Leadership Baton Rouge (Class of 2012)
  • Capital Area CASA Association (Board of Directors; Secretary)
  • Junior League of Baton Rouge (Chair, Legal Advisory Committee; Nita Sims Breazeale Award Recipient 2009)

Recognition

  • Federal Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Chair’s Award (2013)
  • Greater Baton Rouge Business Report - Forty Under 40 Award (2010)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Employee Benefits Law