Health Care

The Biden Administration’s action plan to overcome the pandemic saw major setbacks this week as courts around the country halted the administration’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for federal contractors and subcontractors and health care workers.

Specifically, on September 24, 2021 the Biden Administration issued guidance to supplement a previously issued Executive Order, in effect requiring

On Thursday, November 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an Interim Final Rule requiring that all staff employed by covered Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers must receive a first COVID-19 vaccine dose by December 5 and have received both doses of a two-vaccine series by January 4 unless they have been granted

A three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the lower court’s order denying plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction against Maine’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate requiring healthcare workers to be vaccinated. Plaintiffs in the case had argued that exceptions to the mandate must be permitted for religious objections. Judge

Employers with employee health plans subject to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should take note that, earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will begin enforcing Section 1557 of ACA to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Section 1557

Group health plan sponsors and administrators may soon need to introduce changes to their offer of continued coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). The House Education and Labor Committee has proposed temporary COBRA subsidies and other modifications as part of the current COVID-19 stimulus package that is working its way

Louis Chodoff leads a discussion with his Labor and Employment colleagues Karli Lubin and Tara Humma. The group discusses the various liability issues that may arise as employers work to bring employees back to the physical workplace, including claims about workplace safety, vaccination policies, overtime claims arising from work from home, and activity created by

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that it will issue much anticipated guidance that revises its nondiscrimination rules for wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act.  The two sets of proposed regulations replace rules that the EEOC withdrew in 2018 after a federal district court invalidated key provisions

On this podcast we discuss a key issue presented by the coming COVID-19 vaccines: whether employers can or should mandate vaccination, what limitations might exist on an employer’s ability to do so, and other considerations that an employer might take into account when thinking about a vaccine mandate. Leading the discussion is Brian Pedrow, Chair