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OSHA ETS Halted Again!

Posted on January 13, 2022 by and

Today the Supreme Court ordered that OSHA’s ETS be placed back on hold (a/k/a a “stay”) and sent back to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  In its order, the Court‘s majority noted the ETS may have gone too far because it required employers to remedy a “public health” concern: The Solicitor General does not […]

Reminder—the OSHA ETS is Effective Now!

Posted on January 11, 2022 by

As you all know, last Friday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding whether the OSHA ETS vaccine mandate should be upheld. The Court has not yet issued a ruling on this issue.  As of January 10, large employers need to be in compliance with all ETS requirements.  If an employer can show it is […]

OSHA Gives Holiday Gift—ETS FAQs Updated!!

Posted on December 23, 2021 by and

One quick e-alert before you are off for some holiday cheer!  OSHA just added new FAQs to its ETS webpage.  We do not have time to go into detail as our elves are leaving for the day—however, please review new questions in Section 6 regarding testing.  The link can be found here. Have a safe […]

Breaking News! Supreme Court Accepts Vaccine Mandate Cases

Posted on December 23, 2021 by , and

The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear oral arguments on both the OSHA ETS vaccine mandate and the CMS vaccine mandate on January 7, 2022. On December 17, 2021, we shared with you that the Fifth Circuit limited the scope of the injunction related to the CMS Mandate, which meant that 26 states […]

New Stark Law Regulations May Impact Many Physician Practices

Posted on December 20, 2021 by

In my experience, most physician groups rely on the “in-office ancillary service” exception to the Stark Law when determining how to allocate revenues from designated health services among group members.  The Stark Law is, of course, the primary applicable area of law that is relevant to the structure of productivity compensation issues within medical groups.  […]

OSHA MANDATE BACK ON – Shot or Test by February 9th!

Posted on December 18, 2021 by

This week I was talking to Bob, a local HR professional (you know who you are), and he asked, “So Sara, what are the chances we are going to get a ruling on this OSHA mandate before the holidays?” to which I replied, “Highly unlikely…I would be shocked if anything happens before the holidays—but I […]

CMS Mandate—Back for Some But Not All

Posted on December 17, 2021 by , and

CMS Mandate: At the beginning of December we informed you that a Federal Court in Louisiana issued a nationwide stay on enforcement of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) COVID-19 vaccination mandate. During the stay period, CMS instructed its state survey teams suspend efforts related to monitoring compliance with the vaccine mandate. On […]

Increase in Gasoline Prices Means Increase in Optional Standard Mileage Rates for 2022

Posted on December 17, 2021 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2022, and the increased rates reflect the increase in the fixed and variable costs of operating a vehicle, primarily due to increased gas prices.  Effective January 1, 2022, […]

Pros and Cons of Using the No-Contest Clause

Posted on December 13, 2021 by

Drafting an estate plan allows a person to put into writing their wishes for division of assets upon death.  Sometimes this means making a choice to give more to one child over the other, or to completely write out natural heirs of law.  An uncle whose nephew is like a son to him may bypass […]

Nationwide Halt to Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors

Posted on December 8, 2021 by and

On Tuesday, December 7, a federal court in Georgia issued an order staying the vaccine mandate for federal contractors (“Mandate”). The Court ordered that the Defendants, which includes President Biden, are ENJOINED, during the pendency of this action or until further order of this Court, from enforcing the vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors […]