Coronavirus/COVID-19

MANDATORY VACCINATIONS IN THE WORKPLACE

One of the most common questions employers are asking at this point in time during the pandemic is this: “Can we require our employees to be vaccinated before allowing them to return to work?” The answer has been this: “it depends“, followed by an explanation of human rights’ considerations, privacy considerations, health and safety considerations, etc. On August 13, 2021, the federal government made an announcement that suggests the pendulum might be swinging towards a “yes” on that question. On August 17, 2021, the provincial government made an announcement that suggests the same swing.

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EMPLOYMENT:THE WORKPLACE POST COVID RESTRICTIONS

While the pandemic is not yet over, the lifting of the majority of restrictions across the UK means a return to closer to normal than we have been used to for some time. In this article we look at implications for employment and the workplace, including the ending of the furlough scheme, returning to the workplace and the future of ‘hybrid working’. Read more…

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Video: Vaccine Mandates, Mandate Bans, Wage and Hour Nomination Stalls – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we look at how the COVID-19 Delta variant is shifting employer vaccination policies and how that shift is conflicting with regulations in some states.

The Shift to Mandatory Vaccinations

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is fueling another new chapter of the pandemic: mandates. Recent federal and state action is driving a trend toward employers mandating vaccines. Read more about state action in California and New Jersey.

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CORONAVIRUS CRISIS BRIEFING

All information contain within this update is accurate at the time of publication. During these unprecedented times where the situation is constantly changing at pace it is vital that you take expert advice where necessary. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss any issues covered in these updates further. The Hill Brown Licensing Team and the wider team at Miller Samuel Hill Brown remain committed to providing the fullest possible service for the trade at this extremely challenging time. Read more…

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Employment Law Q&A: New CDC guidance for vaccinated employees

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) took many by surprise on May 13, 2021, by announcing that masks would no longer be required for vaccinated individuals in most settings. Faced with the rapid spread of the Delta variant across the country, on July 27, 2021, the CDC once again modified its masking guidance and reopened the debate over workplace masking. Understanding the CDC’s guidance will help employers as they consider their options. Read more…

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Florida Joins a Growing Number of States Requiring Licensure of Genetic Counselors

On June 21, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill requiring genetic counselors to be licensed by the Florida Department of Health (“FLDOH”).  The new law, known as the Genetic Counseling Workforce Act (“GCWA”), became effective on July 1, 2021.  FLDOH has announced a 90 day enforcement moratorium to allow counselors time to become appropriately licensed in the State.  Florida now joins a growing number of states that regulate the work of genetic counselors.

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Podcast: How Can Companies in the Health Care and Life Sciences Industries Strengthen Their Cybersecurity Posture? – Diagnosing Health Care

In this episode of the Diagnosing Health Care PodcastAlthough the COVID-19 pandemic exposed cybersecurity vulnerabilities across sectors, it has particularly challenged the resilience of information systems for health care and life sciences companies. Because ransomware attacks have the potential to cripple access to important data, expose patient health records, and shut down machinery and life-saving equipment, it’s no surprise that health care executives continue to lose sleep thinking about potential ransomware or other similar malicious attacks.

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To mandate or not to mandate? That is the vaccine question

Since December 2020, employers have generally taken a “wait and see” approach to mandating COVID-19 vaccines for employees. This measured approach recognized the potential impediments to vaccine mandates, including the legal authority to impose such a requirement, the vaccines’ Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) status, and significantly, the consequences of employee dissent. Read more…

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E-LEGAL® ARTICLE- THE EXTRAORDINARY PROCESS OF VIABILISATION OF COMPANIES LAW NO. 75/2020, OF NOVEMBER 27

Summary
The pandemic caused by the disease COVID-19 brought with it social and economic consequences that required the adoption of a panoply of exceptional measures. To prevent the coming economic crisis, stabilisation measures were created, which were presented in the Ministers’ Resolution no. 41/2020 of June 6, including the Economic and Social Stabilisation Programme. To this end, on November 27, Law no. 75/2020 was published in order approve the Extraordinary Company Viability Process, of an exceptional and temporary nature, which can be used by any company that, not having a Special Revitalisation Process pending, is in a difficult economic situation or in a situation of imminent or current insolvency caused by COVID-19 disease and demonstrates that it is still susceptible to viability. Read more…

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DOJ’s Recent Telehealth Enforcement Action Highlights Increased Abuse of COVID-19 Waivers

On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a coordinated law enforcement action against 14 telehealth executives, physicians, marketers, and healthcare business owners for their alleged fraudulent COVID-19 related Medicare claims resulting in over $143 million in false billing.[1] This coordinated effort highlights the increased scrutiny telehealth providers are facing as rapid expansion efforts due to COVID-19 shape industry standards.

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