Bloomberg Law
July 5, 2022, 11:00 AM

No Paper Trail: How Companies Are Delivering Abortion-Related Benefits

Arianne Cohen
Arianne Cohen
Bloomberg News

As companies from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Starbucks Corp. pledge to fund employees’ abortion-related travel costs, human resource professionals scrambling to nail down the details are finding that less paper trail is better.

While documenting corporate processes is a key function of most HR teams, applying it to abortion benefits could expose companies to legal liability and privacy violation concerns. One potential consequence is that firms are forced by legal action to disclose details of employees who have sought these services, according to Amy Spurling, chief executive of Compt, a platform for stipend perks.

“There can’t be a lot of digital footprint on this,” Spurling said. “The ...