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CMS Issues Interim Final Rules with Comment Period Mandating Vaccination of Staff of CMS Regulated Providers/Suppliers

Posted on November 5, 2021 by

On November 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued Interim Final Rules requiring many of its regulated providers and suppliers to require staff and employees to meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements.  CMS chose to mandate vaccination by revising Conditions of Participations, requirements that providers and suppliers must meet to maintain certification to […]

Breaking News! OSHA Issues COVID Vaccination/Testing ETS for Large Employers

Posted on November 4, 2021 by , and

OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) is here! The ETS and related guidance can be found on its website.  By December 5, 2021, employers must implement a vaccine policy in compliance with the ETS (choices are a hard mandate or a soft mandate) and advise employees as to whether or not testing will be an alternative […]

EEOC Issues Updated COVID-19 FAQs

Posted on October 26, 2021 by

Yesterday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) added more FAQs to its COVID guidance to what is becoming a very long list that started months ago. The EEOC highlights the additional religious exemption guidance as follows: Employees and applicants must inform their employers if they seek an exception to an employer’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement due […]

HIPAA and COVID-19 – OCR Publishes Online Guidance on the Application of HIPAA

Posted on October 18, 2021 by

The Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), which is the federal agency that enforces the health care privacy rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), recently published guidance covering various health care privacy issues relating to COVID-19.  The recently published guidance addresses a variety of HIPAA issues including whether a business or individual […]

UPDATE for Federal Contractors… The Magic Language and updated FAQs!

Posted on October 8, 2021 by and

The Magic Language: The Federal Acquisition Regulation Council (FAR Council) was charged with drafting contractual language to require compliance with the guidance from the SAFER Task Force (Guidance). For a more in-depth discussion of the Guidance, see our blog post from September 24, BREAKING NEWS! Guidance Issued on Biden’s Contractor Vaccine Mandate! The FAR Council […]

BREAKING NEWS! Guidance Issued on Biden’s Contractor Vaccine Mandate!

Posted on September 24, 2021 by and

On Friday, September 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (Task Force) issued its COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors (Guidance) as directed by President Biden in an executive order (EO) on September 9, 2021. Click here to see the full Guidance (a helpful FAQ starts on page nine of the Guidance.) […]

Breaking News! Biden Orders Vaccine Mandates for Certain Employers

Posted on September 10, 2021 by and

On Thursday, September 9, 2021, President Biden announced his new COVID-19 plan entitled “Path out of the Pandemic” (Plan). While this Plan includes several provisions, this e-alert highlights a few of those of most interest to employers: OSHA was directed to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS).  This ETS will require private sector employers with […]

OSHA Updates Guidance on COVID-19 in the Workplace – Masking and Vaccines

Posted on August 17, 2021 by

On August 13, 2021, OSHA updated Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace (Guidance) related to the COVID-19 vaccine and masking. The Guidance now incorporates the new CDC recommendations including: Wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission; Choosing to wear a […]

OSHA Responds to CDC’s Updated Mask Guidance – No Changes to the ETS… Yet

Posted on August 10, 2021 by

OSHA issued a COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on June 10, 2021 that applied to the healthcare sector. Included in the ETS is an exemption from the masking, distancing, and barrier requirements for employees who are fully vaccinated when in a well-defined area where there is no reasonable expectation that any person with suspected or […]

OSHA Inspections – Back to the Basics

Posted on August 3, 2021 by

After many months of mostly virtual enforcement, OSHA is back to in-person site inspections and OSHA enforcement has become a priority for the Administration. As such, businesses should be aware of rights they have and how to best respond when OSHA comes knocking OSHA Just Showed Up, What Can I Do? With some exceptions, OSHA’s […]