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Business Law & Regulations, Workplace Safety & Health

New Texas law prohibits COVID-19 vaccine mandates by private employers

February 8, 2024

Via: JD Supra

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s latest push against vaccine mandates takes form in a new law now in force in the Lone Star State. Senate Bill 7 prohibits private employers from adopting or enforcing certain COVID-19 vaccine mandates. SB 7 directly […]


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New California Bills Would Require Naloxone in the Workplace to Respond to Drug Overdoses

February 6, 2024

Via: National Law Review

Democratic Assembly Member Matt Haney introduced Assembly Bill (AB) No. 1976, which, if enacted, would require the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to “adopt revised standards” under Section 3400 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations […]


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OSH Law Primer, Part I: Understanding the OSH Act and OSHA

January 11, 2024

Via: National Law Review

The Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1970, and, in addition to other things, the OSH Act called for the creation of an agency to develop regulations to effectuate its purpose and administer its […]


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EEOC Takes Action to Address Mental Health Discrimination in the Workplace

December 4, 2023

Via: National Law Review

Employers must take notice that the United State Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is cracking down on companies that discriminate against workers because they have a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, […]


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OIG General Compliance Program Guidance November 2023

November 8, 2023

Via: National Law Review

In late April this year, the Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) announced that it would make changes to its existing body of healthcare compliance program guidance (CPGs) as part of its current Modernization Initiative.[1] […]


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OIG Reaffirms Its Concern About “Carving Out” Federal Health Care Program Business

October 18, 2023

Via: LexBlog

Last month, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reaffirmed its longstanding position that an arrangement that “carves out” Federal health care program (FHCP) business is not dispositive with respect to whether […]


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Federal Courts in Wisconsin and Kentucky Issue Decisions in Favor of Employers Facing COVID-19–Related Legal Issues

October 16, 2023

Via: National Law Review

In September 2023, federal trial courts in Wisconsin and Kentucky issued decisions dismissing plaintiffs’ claims related to employers’ COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements. The decisions (1) interpreted “undue hardship” following the Supreme Court of the United States’ Groff v. DeJoy […]


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DOL Publishes Proposed Rule to Allow Third-Party & Union Participation in OSHA Walkthroughs

September 12, 2023

Via: JD Supra

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”) can conduct inspections for several reasons, including as a response to an employee complaint, after the report of a fatality or injury, and in accordance with an emphasis program. The reasonable scope of […]


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Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Opinions Addressing Scope of Immunity for Health Care Workers Under Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7V

August 28, 2023

Via: JD Supra

On August 8, 2023, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued opinions in Mills v. Hartford HealthCare Corp.and Manginelli v. Regency House of Wallingford, Inc. that addressed the scope of immunity for health care workers and facilities under Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive […]


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Cal/OSHA Standards Board Receives More Public Comments on Proposed Indoor Heat Illness Prevention Standard

August 23, 2023

Via: JD Supra

Background and Proposed Changes Currently, California has an Outdoor Heat Illness Regulation for all outdoor places of employment. That regulation has been in effect for more than a decade, and Cal/OSHA regularly and aggressively enforces it throughout California. The May […]


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ChatGPT and HIPAA, Caution is Needed, Even ChatGPT Says So!

August 4, 2023

Via: LexBlog

Recently, things may have sped up a little in your doctor’s office. The notes for your recent visit may have been organized and filed a little more quickly. You might have received assistance sooner than expected with a physician letter […]


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Federal Government Tackles Workplace Heat Hazards

July 27, 2023

Via: SHRM

There’s a growing momentum to establish federal standards to prevent heat illness in the workplace, as temperatures hit record levels in many parts of the U.S. and Europe. President Joe Biden outlined steps the federal government will take to protect […]


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COVID-19 Coverage Without a Deductible Ends After 2024

June 30, 2023

Via: JD Supra

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued new guidance, Notice 2023-37, which states that for plan years ending after December 31, 2024, HSA-compatible high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) will no longer be permitted to cover COVID-19 testing and treatment before the […]


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HHS Proposes Amendments to HIPAA that Protect Reproductive Health Care Information in Wake of Dobbs

June 13, 2023

Via: JD Supra

Introduction Following the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade, the federal government, pursuant to President Biden’s Executive Order (the EO) took several steps to protect reproductive health privacy, some of which we […]


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Back to Normal, Almost – NLRB General Counsel Issues Updated Guidance on Suggested Manual Election Protocols and Push for Manual Elections by the NLRB

June 8, 2023

Via: JD Supra

On May 16, 2023, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo (the “GC”) issued revisions to her original July 6, 2020 memorandum of suggested manual election protocols for use during the COVID-19 pandemic, found here. The Board’s policies have […]


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Taco Bell employee infected with hepatitis A; county in Washington issues health alert

May 25, 2023

Via: LexBlog

Health officials in Snohomish County, WA, are warning people who ate at two Taco Bell locations to monitor themselves for signs of hepatitis A infections and get vaccinated if they are not already. “People who ate food from the Taco […]


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EEOC Final Update on Covid-19?

May 16, 2023

Via: LexBlog

It has been a while since I blogged on the EEOC running Covid-19 guidance. The EEOC just came out with some more updates (it very well could be the last one for a while considering Covid-19 is now endemic), so […]


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COVID-19 and the Workplace: Where Do We Stand?

May 9, 2023

Via: JD Supra

As we have reported previously, on April 10, 2023 President Biden signed legislation ending the COVID-19 National Emergency. However, the rollback of COVID-19 requirements was already underway in many state and municipal legislatures, with some requirements having previously been repealed […]


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HHS Proposes Purpose Limitation on Disclosures of PHI Related to Reproductive Health

May 8, 2023

Via: LexBlog

On April 12, 2023, the Biden administration announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the agency responsible for enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act […]


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Biden Administration Ends Federal Vaccine Mandates – What This Means for Employers

May 2, 2023

Via: LexBlog

On May 1, 2023, President Biden issued a statement announcing the end of the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including those impacting federal contractors and CMS-covered healthcare employers, among others. But what impact does this have on employer vaccine mandates? As […]