Employer Plans Pay for COVID Tests

Notwithstanding the fanfare with which DOL announced the ETS and its subsequent withdrawal (as detailed above), there was very little notice made about a new joint guidance issued by DOL along with the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury requiring employer health plans – whether fully insured or self-insured – to cover…

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New York Extends HERO Act Again

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has again extended the designation of COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby kept the provisions of the Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act) in full force and effect. The designation, now extended to February 15, triggers obligations for New York employers to keep their airborne infectious…

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COVID as an ADA Disability

The Department of Justice along with Health and Human Services have issued an updated guidance relating questions of applicability of COVID-19 under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The guidance defines “long-COVID” which includes issues resulting from COVID exposure that last four or more weeks. In the wake of that guidance, the Equal Employment Opportunity…

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New York Extends Heroes Act Again

As it has over the past several months, the state of New York has again extended the designation of the COVID-19 virus as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby extended the provision of the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act). The designation is required for the application of the HERO Act…

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New York City Vaccine Mandate

Despite the courts enjoining the federal government from imposing a vaccine mandate on the employees of private businesses, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has no intention of letting the legal process play out in the courts before he vacates the mayor’s office in a number of weeks. The lame-duck de Blasio, whose term…

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Appeals Court Stays Biden Mandate

On Saturday, the New Orleans based 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary stay against the Biden vaccine mandate for private employers with 100 or more employees. Despite the court’s order, the Biden White House announced it was expects the mandate to move forward and suggested that businesses begin planning for its implementation…

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New York Extends COVID Designation

As it did just about one month ago, the state of New York has again reaffirmed the designation of the COVID-19 virus as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby extended the application of the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act). Public Health Commissioner Howard Zucker first declared the coronavirus a “highly…

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Getting it Right: Order Confirmation Benefits Customers and Franchisees

Back in 2014, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees were adding amenities like free Wi-Fi, comfortable seating and even conference rooms to appeal to a growing sector of people staying connected and working remotely. By then, Dunkin’ had already established itself as a leader in drive-thru service—having helped pioneer the modern drive-thru experience. But in the late 2000s…

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OSHA Issues Vaccine ETS

As we advised in a Membership Update earlier this week, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has completed its draft Vaccine Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) and sent it along to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget for final review. Once…

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Top Legal Advice, Free!

Unlike politicians’ promises for free services – free college tuition, free child tax credits, free universal guaranteed income, free prescription drugs, etc. – there are times when items of great value really are offered for FREE! And, that’s precisely what the Coalition of Franchisee Associations is offering franchisees at its upcoming Annual Legal Symposium in…

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