Breaking News: Federal Vaccine Mandate Blocked

In a 6-3 decision on Thursday, January 13, 2022 – the United States Supreme Court has stayed the enforcement of OSHA’s “vax or test” Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) applicable to private employers with 100+ employees. Private employers are no longer required to comply with the OSHA rule, pending full review by the 6th Circuit Court […]

Department of Labor Issues Rules for Health Plan Coverage of OTC COVID Tests

Just before the holidays, the Biden administration announced a policy requiring group health plans and health insurance issuers to cover over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests (also known as at-home or self-administered tests) with no cost to plan participants. In that announcement, President Biden required the Department of Labor (DOL) to issue implementing guidance by January 15, […]

The Sixth Circuit Reinstates the Federal Vaccine Mandate for Employers

RELATED 1/13/22 UPDATE: Breaking News: Federal Vaccine Mandate Blocked On Friday, December 17, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals released its decision in the consolidated cases challenging OSHA’s Vaccine and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) applicable to private employers. As a refresher, the ETS requires employers with 100 or more employees to implement a mandatory […]

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: An Important Change for Employers

RELATED 1/13/22 UPDATE: Breaking News: Federal Vaccine Mandate Blocked On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the long-awaited Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (the IIJA or the Act). According to the White House fact sheet, the Act focuses on roads, bridges, railways, broadband access, climate change, and traditionally underserved communities. The Act is anticipated to create […]

Update: Vaccine Mandate Stay Extended

RELATED 1/13/22 UPDATE: Breaking News: Federal Vaccine Mandate Blocked New Rulings Impact Healthcare Workers and Government Contractors This article was updated on 12/7/21 On November 4, we shared news of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) release of the much-anticipated Vaccine and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) applicable to private employers.  As a refresher, the […]

Breaking News on Federal Vaccine Mandate

RELATED 1/13/22 UPDATE: Breaking News: Federal Vaccine Mandate Blocked Today the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its much-anticipated Vaccine and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to outline the requirements of the federal vaccine mandate announced by President Biden in September. The ETS is lengthy and includes important details we are working to unpack. To […]

The Biden Administration’s Federal Vaccine Mandate: Steps to Take Now

RELATED 1/13/22 UPDATE: Breaking News: Federal Vaccine Mandate Blocked President Biden garnered mixed reactions with his September 9, 2021 announcement of an Executive Order mandating employers with 100+ employees to require the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing. The President’s announcement is part of the administration’s COVID-19 Action Plan and is coming on the heels of a […]

Legal Update: Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Settlement

Blue Cross Blue Shield Settlement Approved

On February 11, we shared details about a tentative settlement by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in a pending class action antitrust lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that insurance companies in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (“BCBSA”) entered into agreements not to compete with each other for business, in violation of federal antitrust laws. […]

What’s Your Mask Policy? What to Consider as State and Local Mandates Expire

With vaccinations becoming more common and COVID-19 infection and death rates steadily decreasing, several states are sunsetting mask mandates. This creates new questions for employers as employees return to work in higher numbers, and we increasingly move from Zoom and Teams to in-person. As we resume a bit more (and welcome) normalcy in our work […]

Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Settlement Pending

As has been widely reported, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has reached a tentative settlement in a pending class action lawsuit. The lawsuit was initiated in federal district court in 2013. It alleged that insurance companies in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (“BCBSA”) entered into agreements not to compete with each other for […]