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August 31, 2022

New York Department of Health Extends Deadline and Issues Additional Guidance for Health Care Worker Bonus Program

On August 29, the New York State Department of Health issued updated guidance and addressed a number of questions raised under the New York Health Care Worker Bonus Program.

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August 17, 2022

New York State Announces Health Care and Mental Hygiene Worker Bonus Program Requiring Employers to Administer Bonuses

New York launched its Health Care and Mental Hygiene Worker Bonus Program aimed at rewarding and retaining frontline healthcare and mental hygiene workers. The first deadline for employers’ submissions comes up on September 2, 2022.

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July 6, 2022

Upcoming Changes to NIH Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Reporting Requirements

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires recipient institutions—i.e., any entity receiving funding from the NIH—to have policies that foster a harassment-free environment.

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June 9, 2022

New Obligations for Frontline Sector Employers through Minnesota’s Frontline Worker Pay Program

A new law authorizes bonus payments to Minnesotans who worked in frontline sectors during the COVID-19 emergency - and requires covered employers to provide notice to workers by June 23, 2022.

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May 2, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Excludes Emotional Distress Damages from Remedies Available Under Rehabilitation Act and Affordable Care Act

On April 28, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the scope of damages available under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehab Act) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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April 15, 2022

New York City Council Seeks to Disrupt the Home Care Industry by Limiting Hours Aides Can Work

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.

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April 11, 2022

Following the Doctor’s Orders: NLRB Decision Prescribes Union Election for Physicians

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.

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April 8, 2022

Ontario, Canada: Mandatory Vaccination Policy Upheld Despite Government’s Reduction of COVID-19 Restrictions

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.

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March 17, 2022

OSHA Announces Highly Focused Healthcare Facility Inspection Plan

OSHA recently announced it will proceed with a highly focused, short-term initiative directed at various healthcare facilities that provide care to or handle COVID-19 patients.

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March 10, 2022

Light at the End of the Tunnel: Puerto Rico Government Eliminates Most COVID-19 Restrictions

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.

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