Monthly Archives: January 2021

President Biden Issues Executive Order on Workplace Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On January 21, 2021, in an effort to provide enforcement of more stringent worker safety standards, President Biden issued an Executive Order (‘EO”) on Protecting Worker Health and Safety. The EO specifically orders the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the Department of Labor to:

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Opinion Letter Clarifying Independent Contractor Status

On January 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) issued an Opinion Letter applying the Department’s recently-issued Final Rule concerning Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “Final Rule”).  This Opinion Letter provides helpful guidance to businesses, especially those in highly-regulated industries, on how to properly structure their relationships with independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).

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Podcast: The Biden Administration’s First 100 Days – Diagnosing Health Care

In this episode of the Diagnosing Health Care Podcast, dive into the Biden Administration’s first 100 days in office and the potential executive orders, regulations, and new legislation with noteworthy health care policy implications.

Epstein Becker Green attorneys Ted Kennedy, Philo Hall, and Paulina Grabczak discuss President Biden’s priorities, including his COVID-19 response plan, and examines which “midnight rules” put in place by the Trump Administration could be intercepted or retained.

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Changes in the regulation of labor in non-commercial (non-profit) organizations starting from 2021

Starting from 2021, the amendments to the Labor Code regarding the regulation of labor in non-commercial (non-profit) organizations have come into force:

1. Ability to conclude fixed-term employment contracts by agreement with employees

This opportunity is provided to non-commercial (non-profit) organizations with a maximum of 35 employees, except for the following types of non-commercial (non-profit) organizations:

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THE ONGOING IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON EXERCISING CONTACT WITH YOUR CHILD

It has been proving difficult for many parents to keep up-to-date with the ever-changing Government guidelines and regulations, as the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions have evolved.  These issues raise particular concerns for parents who have separated from their partner or spouse and who now only exercise contact with their child during set periods. Read more…

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THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON MISSIVES

Everyone and every sector has been impacted by COVID-19 and the property market has been no exception. Whilst in the first lockdown which started on 23 March 2020, the property market stopped, that has not been the case in this second lockdown that we are all currently facing.

Unlike the first lockdown, the property market is still moving, the Registers of Scotland have kept the application register open for registering new title and interest in property in the Land Register and so transactions can still complete. Read more…

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THE COMMERCIAL LANDLORD IN A PANDEMIC: WHAT TO DO ABOUT LEASE ARREARS

It will come as no surprise to hear that a large number of commercial landlords are becoming increasingly concerned about accruing or ongoing arears which have arisen (or been exacerbated) by tenants struggling in the current commercial climate.

The government has introduced legislation which has an impact on this [The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 (“the Coronavirus Act”)] and have also released some guidelines seeking to address and recognise the inevitable conflict that has arisen between landlords and tenants [The Code of Practice for Landlords and Tenants of Commercial Property (“the Code”)]. The requirements of the Act are mandatory, whereas the Code is advisory. Read more…

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DOJ False Claims Act Statistics 2020: Over 80% of all Recoveries Came from the Health Care Industry

On January 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reported its False Claims Act (FCA) statistics for fiscal year (FY) 2020. More than $2.2 billion was recovered from both settlements and judgments in 2020, the lowest level since 2008 and almost $1 billion less than was recovered in 2019. The total recoveries in 2020 reflect the first of many anticipated resolutions of fraud enforcement actions in the COVID-19 world, and over 80% of all recoveries—amounting to almost $1.9 billion—came from the health care and life sciences industries.

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Italian state returns to the steel sector with Arcelor-Mittal

Italian state returns to the steel sector with Arcelor-Mittal
Authors: Giorgio Cherubini, Giancarlo Cherubini The article published in INSOL Europe’s Eurofenix magazine last issue,…
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How Big Can the Carrot Be? The EEOC’s New Proposed Rules Regarding Permissible Level of Incentives in Health-Contingent Workplace Wellness Programs

Many employers have established wellness programs to promote employee health and, in doing so, help counter the ever increasing costs associated with employer-sponsored health benefit plans. Often employers want to establish programs that provide employees with incentives to achieve certain health outcomes, such as smoking cessation or weight loss. Employers must exercise caution in creating such health-contingent wellness programs, which necessarily require employees to disclose health information, because the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) prohibit medical inquiries unless there is a demonstrated business necessity or responding to the health inquiry is voluntary.

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