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The Affordable Care Act’s Contraceptive Mandate: A Loss in Massachusetts and Other Current Events

The contraceptive mandate, one of the more controversial provisions of the Affordable Care Act, continues to make news as various stakeholders duke it out in and out of court. This blog post describes the history of the...more

North Carolina Hospital Settles Religious Discrimination Claims Over Flu Vaccine Policy

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Many healthcare providers in North Carolina have instituted policies requiring their employees who have patient contact to receive the flu vaccine each year. Such policies will typically include a process by which an employee...more

Employer Policies Involving The Flu Vaccine And Discrimination Under Title VII

According to the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), the United States experiences a flu season each year. With this year’s flu season considered one of the worst since the 2009-2010 pandemic, many employers wish to...more

Memorial Healthcare Sued by EEOC For Religious Discrimination

Hospital Rescinded Job Offer Because of Applicant's Need for Religious Accommodation, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today that a...more

Religious Institutions Update: January 2018 - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - By Shannon B. Hartsfield - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Jan. 18, 2018, the creation of a new division within its Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is described...more

New HHS Division to Focus on Health Care Workers' Religious or Moral Objections to Providing Certain Care

by FordHarrison on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the formation of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division of the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The new division will review complaints from...more

Employer Vaccine Programs: A Case Where Religion is NOT a Factor

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

This year flu season came early and with a vengeance. As we mentioned in our October post, The Rise of Employee Religious Discrimination Claims, mandatory flu vaccines present a common pitfall for employers. As employers seek...more

Mission Hospital Agrees to Pay $89,000 To Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Asheville Hospital Fired Employees for Declining Flu Vaccination, Federal Agency Charged - ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Mission Hospital, Inc., a North Carolina corporation based in Asheville and the main hospital of Mission Health...more

Refusal to Take Flu Vaccine Not Based on Religious Beliefs

From time to time, health care employers find themselves faced with employees who refuse to take mandatory vaccines intended to protect themselves and their patients from exposure to infectious diseases. Sometimes these...more

Can an Employer Require Employees to Receive a Flu Shot?

With cold and flu season in full swing, we frequently receive phone calls from employers asking if they can require their employees to receive flu shots. Generally, employers may impose such requirements if they offer...more

Did You Get the Shot? Religious Exemptions to Employer Mandated Flu Vaccinations

The last months of the year are marked by holidays, family, snow days -- and influenza, commonly known as the flu. For the 2017-2018 flu season, the Center for Disease Control ("CDC") recommends adults receive an injectable...more

SuperVision - Labor & Employment Law Insights - December 2017

The Editors' Note - Welcome to the fourth quarter edition of SuperVision, the quarterly e-newsletter published by Spilman's Labor & Employment Group. With the recent headlines dominated by stories of individuals coming...more

“Who” May Object to the Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, and Why?

by Bryan Cave on

New rules issued by the Trump administration, including both interim final and temporary regulations effective October 6, 2017, significantly expand “who” may object to the Patient Protection and Affordable Coverage Act’s...more

Back in the Spotlight: The Affordable Care Act Again Takes Center Stage

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

After a brief lull in activity, recent developments are likely to involve all three branches of government in addressing issues under the Affordable Care Act....more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Health & Welfare

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. This Part 1 will cover...more

White House Expands Exemptions to ACA Contraceptive Mandate

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued interim final rules on October 6, 2017, expanding exemptions to protect religious beliefs and moral convictions for certain entities and individuals whose health plans...more

Exemption To ACA Contraceptive Mandate Extended To For-Profit Entities And Individuals

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Under the ACA, employers must provide plans that cover birth control and other preventative health services with no out-of-pocket costs. Certain religious employers with religious objections to providing contraceptive...more

Mandatory Flu Vaccine Policies: Dealing With Employees Who Refuse the Shot

Flu season is coming, and healthcare (and other) organizations may be asking whether they should have mandatory flu vaccine policies. If an employer decides to implement a mandatory program, the next question is how to...more

K&L Gates Triage: Avoiding the Risks Associated with Mandatory Vaccination Programs

by K&L Gates LLP on

This episode discusses the risks associated with mandatory employee vaccination programs and practical tips for health care entities on how to minimize these risks from an employment law perspective. In particular, this...more

Biometrics And “The Mark Of The Beast”: Dealing With Employee Accommodation Requests

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers are increasingly using biometric data such as facial characteristics, hand geometry, retina/iris scans, fingerprints and voiceprints in the workplace. Biometric data can be used to establish records of employee...more

ERISA — Prayers Answered: Supreme Court Establishes Broader Application of Religious Exemption

This just in... On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court broadened the application of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s religious exemption provision....more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 3

Below are key health care reform developments from the week of May 22nd. CBO/JCT Estimate for AHCA Released. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released an updated cost estimate...more

March 2017: Appellate Litigation Update

The Effect of the New Presidency on Business Litigation in the United States Supreme Court. With Justice Scalia’s seat unfilled for a year since his death in 2016, and with President Obama’s nomination of Chief Judge...more

These Foolish Things – The Oddest Employment Issues of the Past Year

by Littler on

Even outside the Capital Beltway, this has been a strange year. Those of us who handle labor and employment issues everyday often think we’ve seen it all—only to be proven wrong time and again. As April Fools’ Day approaches,...more

What’s in a Pronoun? Liability for Employers

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Political correctness in the workplace has become increasingly complex. Employers who have referred to transitioning employees with the wrong pronoun have found themselves in the crosshairs of the EEOC. But what about those...more

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