Penny C. Wofford

Shareholder Greenville

Penny Wofford is a South Carolina Supreme Court Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law. She concentrates her practice in the area of employment litigation and employee benefits. She advises and defends employers, employer-sponsored plans, and plan fiduciaries against all types of claims under ERISA and employment discrimination laws. Penny not only provides proactive counseling and legal advice to employers and management regarding human resources issues but also assists employers with the design, drafting, and administration of welfare benefit plans. Penny is a frequent speaker on employee benefits and employee leave topics and regularly provides company and supervisor training on employment discrimination, documentation and confidentiality.

During law school, Penny served as a member of the University of South Carolina Law Review from 1996 until 1998.


Experience

  • Defended a national hosiery company against a former executive employee claim under a phantom equity appreciation plan
  • Won summary judgment in a reverse-race discrimination and retaliation claim for a national home improvement retail company
  • Assisted a number of employers with Department of Labor health plan audits
  • Won trial in ERISA case for a welfare plan sponsored by a national transportation company

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (Employee Benefits Committee, Labor and Employment Section)
  • Greenville Society of Human Resource Management (Past President)

Speeches:

  • Performance Driven Forum - ''Panel Discussion: Classify This: Emerging Employment Relationships'' - Greer - June 22, 2017
  • SHRM17, Annual Conference & Exposition - ''How to Win Employment Lawsuits Before They Are Filed'' - New Orleans - June 2017
  • SHRM17, Annual Conference & Exposition - ''Complex Leave Issues: Intersection of the FMLA and ADA'' - New Orleans - June 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Workplace “Perks” Toolkit: Avoiding Potential Pitfalls Associated With New Employee “Perks”'' - San Diego - May 04, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Symposium - ''An Ounce of Prevention: How Successful Wellness Programs Can Steer Clear of Legal Complications'' - Austin - March 22, 2017
  • Greenville SHRM - ''What's Ahead for Human Resources in 2017'' - Greenville - January 10, 2017
  • SHRM's 67th Annual Conference and Exposition - ''Leaves as Reasonable Accommodation: How Much Is Enough and Is Anything Unreasonable?'' - Las Vegas - June 29, 2015
  • SC Business Coalition on Health Conference - ''The Affordable Care Act: What’s Ahead for Employers'' - Greenville - May 19, 2015
  • Greenville Chapter of SHRM - ''Same Sex Marriages and Employment Law'' - Greenville - April 07, 2015
  • Southern Employee Benefits Regional Conference - ''The Affordable Care Act: What’s Ahead for 2015?'' - Greenville - February 24, 2015
  • SHRM 2014 Employment Law and Legislative Conference - ''Health Care Reform Strategies for 2014'' - Washington, D.C. - March 17, 2014
  • ACC Annual Meeting - ''Affordable Care Act: Healthcare Reform Strategy for Employers' In-House Counsel'' - Los Angeles - October 28, 2013
  • SHRM 2012 Annual Conference - ''Managing Leaves of Absence'' - Atlanta - June 27, 2012
  • SHRM 2012 Annual Conference - ''To 2014 and Beyond! Considerations for Full Implementation of Health Care Reform'' - Atlanta - June 26, 2012
  • SHRM Annual Conference - ''Preparing A Strategy For The Next Phase Of Healthcare Reform'' - Las Vegas - June 27, 2011

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October 10, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Not Every Aspect of Form 1095-C Can Be Outsourced"
October 04, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Prepare for ACA Information Reporting in Early 2018"
September 20, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Prepare for 2017 ACA Information Reporting"

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