Employers are seeking legal advice in the wake of Dobbs about policies ensuring equal reproductive rights and access for their employees. In light of the Dobbs-driven state-specific regulatory paradigm, many of these policies feature travel reimbursement for employees working in jurisdictions that now ban and, in some circumstances, criminalize abortion.
An attorney’s ability to communicate, discuss, and weigh various legal options and consequences with clients fortifies our legal system. Without the expectation that these communications will be penalty-free confidential consultations, clients might be deprived of key information about how to conduct their legal matters. Corporate counsel’s role in this regard is no different from private practitioners, despite the single-client focus. Corporate clients rely heavily on corporate counsel’s facilitation of confidential legal advice, delivered without fear of consequences for the simple act of seeking that advice.