On April 14, 2022, New York City lawmakers introduced a bill that, if enacted, would amend the Fair Workweek law to cover home health care services employers and would likely upend the way home health care services are provided in New York City.
The NLRB issued a Decision and Direction of Election in which it held that physicians are not supervisors under the National Labor Relations Act simply by virtue of their position in the healthcare institution.
An Ontario arbitrator recently upheld a retirement home’s mandatory vaccination policy as a reasonable workplace rule consistent with the collective agreement, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Retirement Homes Act, 2010.
Puerto Rico Governor Pierluisi has issued Executive Order 2022-019, drastically changing previously issued COVID-19 measures and guidelines by eliminating most requirements regarding masks, capacity limits and vaccination mandates.
The NY Department of Health has issued a press release stating that the booster requirement that was to apply to all healthcare workers eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot will not be enforced on February 21, 2022 as originally announced.
Governor Murphy has signed an order requiring that healthcare workers and those at high-risk congregate settings be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including receipt of a booster shot, or have their employment terminated.
On January 13, 2022, Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi once again issued back-to-back executive orders implementing additional COVID-19 restrictions and extending vaccine booster requirements for employees in additional sectors.
On January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, lifted lower court injunctions that had blocked enforcement in 25 states of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Interim Final Rule requiring healthcare worker vaccinations.