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OFCCP Confirms Its Lack of Authority Over TRICARE Providers

[07/06/20]

Posted on July 6, 2020 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) published a final rule amending its regulations concerning its jurisdictional authority over health care providers that participate in TRICARE. Effective immediately, and in direct opposition with its prior legal position, OFCCP has confirmed that it lacks authority to regulate health care providers solely because they participate... READ MORE

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Union Elections Continue at Acute Care Hospitals

[06/26/20]

Posted on June 26, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

In the past few weeks, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) has issued several crucial decisions impacting union elections in the health care setting. At the close of April 2020, the Board declined to find that COVID-19 justified the stay of a union election at an acute care hospital. In its Order denying the... READ MORE

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HHS Posts Section 1557 Final Rule and Walks Back Sex-Based Discrimination Protections: Enter Bostock v Clayton County Bd. of Commissioners

[06/19/20]

Posted on June 19, 2020 in Health Law News, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On June 12, 2020, CMS and the Office for Civil Rights of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) posted a display copy of a new final rule that implements Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)(“Final Rule”). This Final Rule supersedes significant portions of the current 2016 rule (“2016 Rule”) that interpreted and implemented... READ MORE

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Eleventh Circuit Confirms that Religious Accommodations Are a Two-Way Street

[06/19/20]

Posted on June 19, 2020 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

In a recent opinion, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the employer’s and the employee’s responsibilities in relation to claims alleging a failure to accommodate religious beliefs. The employee in question worked for a hospital as a clinical technician (“CT”) in the Oncology Department, which typically required the CTs to work every other... READ MORE

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Supreme Court Holds Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Illegal Under Title VII

[06/16/20]

Posted on June 16, 2020 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On Monday, June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court resolved three cases addressing whether discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Court determined that they are. It, therefore, reversed the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County and remanded... READ MORE

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Indiana Lawsuit Seeks to Prevent Employer from Denying Paid Leave Under FFCRA

[06/02/20]

Posted on June 2, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

As expected COVID-19 related litigation steadily increases, a lawsuit recently filed in the Northern District of Indiana presents a novel approach regarding the potential applicability of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) to large employers who are otherwise not covered under the FFCRA. The employer, with more than 500 employees, was not... READ MORE

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New Order Imposes Safeguards on Michigan Workplaces in Attempt to Protect Michigan’s Workers from COVID-19

[05/21/20]

Posted on May 21, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On May 18, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 91 (the “Order”), effectively creating an enforceable set of workplace standards applying to all businesses across the state.[i] In addition to standards set for all business, the new Order provides standards for workplace environments, such as offices and research laboratories.[ii] Per the Order, any Michigan... READ MORE

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USCIS Provides Flexibility for J-1 Waiver Physicians During the COVID-19 Pandemic

[05/19/20]

Posted on May 19, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On May 11, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a policy memorandum providing temporary flexibility for physicians completing a J-1 waiver service obligation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy memorandum addresses the full-time work requirement and telehealth services for these physicians in light of the Public Health Emergency issued in response to the... READ MORE

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Indiana’s House Enrolled Act No. 1004 – Two Key Developments That Will Affect Every Physician Employer in Indiana (Part II of II)

[05/18/20]

Posted on May 18, 2020 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Last week, we published the first article installment covering the HEA 1004 legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Eric Holcomb earlier this spring. HEA 1004 contains a number of sweeping health law changes in Indiana and goes into effect on July 1, 2020. Two Key Developments That You Will be Required to... READ MORE

DOL Issues New WARN Act COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

[05/08/20]

Posted on May 8, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The U.S.  Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued a new compliance assistance document that answers some of the frequently asked questions it has received during the COVID-19 pandemic regarding employer responsibilities and employee protections under the WARN Act. Any employer that was hoping for an official confirmation that the WARN Act notice requirements do... READ MORE