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Health Care Reform Advisory: Guidance Released for Health Plan Coverage Over-The-Counter COVID-19 Tests

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On January 10, 2022, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury (“The Departments”) released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Part 51, in response to the Biden Administration’s directive to issue guidance requiring group health care plans and insurers to provide coverage of over the counter (OTC)…

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Group Health Plan Advisory: Court Rules OSHA Vaccination Mandate Emergency Temporary Standard Can Move Forward

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The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned an earlier court ruling that had blocked OSHA’s vaccine mandate Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The new ruling means that private employers with at least 100 employees will need to implement a mandatory vaccination program unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes. In…

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Ohio Legislation Update: Design Professional Payment Assurance Bill

Ohio Senate Bill 49, also known as the Payment Assurance Bill, was signed into law July 12, 2021, and took effect on Oct. 4, 2021. It established a payment assurance program for registered Design Professionals thus allowing them to file a lien for unpaid fees on projects located within Ohio.…

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[On-Demand Webinar] OSHA’s New Vaccination Mandate: What Employers Need to Know

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WATCH FULL WEBCAST (Password: Mandate!) Watch here as Unison Risk Advisors and Seth Briskin, the Managing Partner of Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis examine the vaccination mandate and prepare your organization for the workplace vaccine and testing requirements. OSHA just published a nearly 500 page document of the COVID-19 Vaccination…

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Emergency Temporary Standard Issued on COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

Jim Gaughan and Anne Jackson

In response to President Biden’s executive order issued in September, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its highly anticipated emergency temporary standard (ETS) on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing on November 4. The new ETS covers private-sector employers (Note: healthcare, nursing homes, Medicare and Medicaid facilities, as well as…

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The Post-COVID Workplace: Employee Preferences Are Only Part of the Equation

Margaret Gennero

As the economy continues to open up and COVID restrictions are lifted, the American workforce faces yet another adaptation. With many people now adjusted to working from home, businesses and organizations are bringing employees back into the office or introducing a hybrid future that combines working from home with days…

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COVID and the Workplace: Vaccine Mandates, Incentives and More

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If an organization is considering incentivizing vaccinations, mandating vaccinations or introducing financial penalties for unvaccinated employees, a number of general rules need to be considered before introducing a policy within the organization. To assist in the interpretation of the rules, here’s some basic information you should know: The HIPAA/ACA financial…

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The Delta Variant & FDA-Approved Vaccine May Mean More Mandates

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As the summer winds down, several new developments on the COVID-19 front are having a massive impact on how organizations across all industries approach vaccination policies. With the surging Delta variant, news of at least one additional variant and recent FDA approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (with more approvals…

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Rising Costs, Cyber Threats and Climate Concerns: How Your Construction Company Can Respond and Rebound From the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic will likely be one of the costliest catastrophes the construction industry has ever faced. As a leading national practice in construction, Oswald has experienced the following firsthand: increases in material costs, workforce management and electronic bonding. Here are some lessons learned. Three Steps to Fight Inflation in the…

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Wildfire Season: Maintain Your Response Plan Annually

Marcco Gambatese

Actions and planning during the off-season impact how well you are ready to weather another wildfire season. In the past few years, the U.S. mainland has experienced bigger and more frequent wildfire activity. Read below for timely advice on wildfires. Prepare Know where to go Be familiar with evacuation routes…

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