Americans with Disabilities Act Healthcare

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation,... more +
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation, communications and governmental activities. The Act defines a covered disability as those mental or physical impairments that substantially interfere with one or more major life activities.  Five different federal agencies are responsible for enforcing the ADA: Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, Department of Transportation and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  less -
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Employment Law Issues for Health Care Employers [Video]

In this webinar, moderated by Mark Kadzielski, Pepper partner and chair of the firm’s Health Care Services practice, Susan K. Lessack and Christopher J. Moran, both of Pepper’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, will...more

Act Now Advisory: New York State's Medical Marijuana Law Gives Workplace Anti-Discrimination Protection

On July 7, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo publicly signed into law New York State's first marijuana legalization law—the Compassionate Care Act ("Act"). The Act (which was actually signed on July 5, 2014, after weeks of...more

For-Profit Companies Find Religion – What’s a Transactional Lawyer to Do?

Last month, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that closely held for-profit corporations can have “free exercise rights” as “persons” under The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (“RFRA”),...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Rules on Important Grane Healthcare ADA Case

In a recent decision that has been making headlines across the country, a Pennsylvania federal court held that a local Cambria County company conducted over 300 unlawful pre-offer medical exams in violation of the ADA. ...more

U.S. Access Board Advisory Committee's Recommendations for ADA-Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment: Implications for Health...

For the past several years, the health care community has been not only at the center of vigorous policy debates about the method of health care delivery in this country, but also in the crosshairs of agencies charged with...more

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm...more

Retail Industry Update, No. 4, December 2013: New Year's Resolutions: Five Areas Of Focus For 2014

The Affordable Care Act has dominated the headlines of employment newsletters (justifiably) for the last six months. It will continue to be an area of focus for all employers. But don’t lose sight of the fact that all the...more

Compliance 101: Recent Settlements Should Compel Provider Review Of ADA Auxiliary Aid Compliance

A string of enforcement actions and public settlements in recent months have given health care providers across the country fair warning — Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enforcement is on its way. Since the July 2012...more

Workplace Wellness Programs

Recognizing that unhealthy lifestyles affect people of all ages, including those in the workforce, employers are using legally sanctioned incentives in an attempt to change behavior toward better and healthier choices through...more

Healthcare Update, No. 4, November 2013: What's An "Individualized Analysis" – And Why Should I Care?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) poses ongoing compliance challenges and attracts significant attention from plaintiffs' lawyers and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The resulting litigation...more

WANTED: EEOC Guidance On Wellness Plans Under The ACA

Employee wellness plans have been in the spotlight lately. This is because new wellness plan rules published in the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (informally called Obamacare) are slated to take effect in...more

Carrot Or Stick? When Does A Voluntary Wellness Program Become Involuntary?

Employer wellness programs, which are designed to stem rising health care costs by encouraging healthy behaviors among employees, are rising in popularity. Such programs will receive another boost when certain provisions of...more

EEOC And Cooper University Health Care Reach Accord on Reasonable Accommodation Issues

CAMDEN, N.J. - The U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) announced today that Cooper University Health Care has implemented policy changes that strengthen its processes for addressing reasonable accommodations for...more

Healthcare Update, No. 3, August 2013: Government Agencies Taking Dim View of Employers' "Bright-Line" Policies

For years, human resources practitioners have been able to confidently rely on a simple principle when dealing with a variety of tough decisions. That principle is “consistency” in applying company policies, meaning that...more

Medical Discrimination And The Law

Imagine that you have just found out that you have a serious illness; there are a number of thoughts running through your mind. One of them is “What about work?” ...more

Act Now Advisory: EEOC's Disabilities Guidance Updates Coincides with the APA's Manual of Mental Disorders Update and the AMA's...

On May 15, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") updated its prior guidance regarding cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities, so as to clarify employers' obligations under the Americans...more

Feds Warn Medical, Dental, and Nursing Schools about Unlawful Discrimination against Students and Applicants with Hepatitis B

Three federal agencies recently publicized a joint agency letter that was sent to schools of medicine, dentistry, and nursing and other health-related schools about what the agencies perceive as potential discrimination...more

Employer Wellness Programs: Final Rules Issued Under the Affordable Care Act

Final regulations for wellness programs have been issued to help employers encourage healthier behaviors among their employees....more

Final HIPAA Wellness Program Regulations Issued Under Affordable Care Act

On June 3, 2013, the United States Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits Security Administration and Department of the Treasury (collectively "the...more

Final Regulations Issued On Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs – New Rules For Outcome-Based Programs

On May 29, 2013, the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services released final regulations on nondiscriminatory wellness programs in group health plan coverage. The regulations largely follow the proposed...more

EEOC Signals Increased Focus on Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

A majority of US employers offer some sort of wellness program designed to reduce the cost of health insurance and healthcare costs, and to improve the health and well-being of employees. However, unless care is taken, even...more

Are You Considering Conditioning A Job Offer On An Agreement That The Applicant's Disabled Dependent Won't Enroll In The Health...

Traditional employment laws often interact with traditional employee benefit laws. One such example is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)'s impact on employer-sponsored group health plans. As group health plan costs...more

Still No EEOC Guidance on Permissible Wellness Program Incentives

Despite the clear support for employers’ continued and expansive use of wellness programs as a means of promoting health and preventing disease expressed in the Affordable Care Act and the recently-proposed rules implementing...more

DOJ Ratchets Up ADA Enforcement For Health Care Providers

In 2011, the Department of Justice launched its “Barrier Free Health Care Initiative.” This Initiative utilizes U.S. Attorneys Offices across the Country to act as a “force multiplier” to ensure that individuals with...more

Wellness Programs: Keeping Up With the Times

On November 20, 2012, the IRS, DOL and HHS jointly issued proposed regulations under the Affordable Care Act building on existing HIPAA regulations of wellness programs. The new proposed regulations provide clearer guidance...more

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