• Feb 15 2022

    A bill that would allow persons claiming sexual harassment or sexual assault under any federal, state or tribal law to opt out of any agreement to submit such claims to arbitration, rather than the courts, easily passed the House of Representatives (H.R. 4445) on February 7 and passed the Senate February 10 by voice vote

  • Information Current as of February 11, 2021

    Late February 4, 2022, the government issued FAQs About Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Implementation Part 52 (FAQs Part 52).

  • Jan 14 2022

    On January 11, 2022, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued guidance updating the comprehensive preventive care and screening guidelines for women, adolescents, children, and infants.

  • Information Current as of January 13, 2022

    The United States Supreme Court this afternoon granted the petition to stay enforcement of OSHA’s November 5, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard that required large employers to mandate employee vaccinations or weekly testing and face coverings. Reversing a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court held that the Secretary of Labor lacked the authority to impose such requirements.

  • Information Current as of January 11, 2022

    On January 10, 2022, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) issued additional guidance regarding required health plan coverage of over-the-counter (“OTC”) COVID-19 tests.

  • Dec 23 2021

    A split three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on December 17, 2021, granted the Government’s motion to dissolve the stay of enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard “(ETS” or “Rule”). While the challenge is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, employers should begin preparing to comply with the ETS’s requirements.

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  • Nov 08 2021

    On Saturday, November 6, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans stayed implementation of a new Temporary Emergency Standard by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, (OSHA) that requires workers at U.S. companies with at least 100 employees to be vaccinated or be tested weekly and wear face coverings by January 4, 2022. OSHA issued the temporary rule based on the agency’s determination ...

  • Nov 05 2021

    On November 4, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) applicable to large employers of 100 or more employees aimed at encouraging vaccinations and protecting employees from the grave danger of employees contracting COVID-19 in the workplace. Employers have the duty under the OSH Act to provide safe workplaces to their employees, including protecting ...

  • Oct 07 2021

    On August 20, 2021, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury (the “Departments”) issued the “FAQs About Affordable Care Act and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 Implementation Part 49” (the “FAQs”), which announced the deferred enforcement of some, but not all, requirements of the No Surprises Act and Transparency Rule.

    The No Surprises Act protects participants in health benefit plans from surprise medical bills for ...

  • Information Current as of September 10, 2021

    On September 9, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden announced Path Out of the Pandemic, a new COVID-19 Action Plan, mandating vaccines for employees of large private employers, federal contractors and most healthcare employers. The plan is a six-pronged strategy that President Biden stated in a White House speech is because his “patience is wearing thin” with Americans not getting vaccinated.

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