On July 6, 2021, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) published its Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Standard (Standard), as required under the New York Health and Essential Rights (HERO) Act. Under the Standard, employers with worksites located in New York are required to either adopt the NYSDOL’s model exposure prevention plan or […]

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President Biden’s July 9, 2021, Executive Order—which seeks to increase competition throughout the American economy—takes aim at prescription drug prices. In this article, McDermott partner Emily Jane Cook says Biden’s focus on drug prices is unsurprising given the “significant public interest and frustration” with drug costs. Access the article.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed how governments confront issues as varied as global taxation, emigration and real estate. In this article, McDermott partner Nicholas Holland contributes his insight into these trends (and others) that are sweeping across Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Cayman Islands. Access the article.

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Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a public order expanding vaccination-related paid leave for workers in the city of Los Angeles. The leave mandate went into effect immediately…
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Federal agencies issued an interim final rule to protect health plan enrollees from unexpected Federal agencies issued an interim final rule to protect health plan…
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How can employees request flexible working schedules when they return to the workplace after pandemic closures? How can employers create safe workplaces for their…

As employees begin to return to their offices, human resource teams are being inundated with accommodation requests. The reasons behind these requests include: Concerns about COVID-19 exposure; Convenience of working from home; Lack of child care options and costs of care; and Weariness of daily commute. McDermott’s Laurie Baddon says employers should share their policies […]

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HR teams have been imagining and planning for the physical reopening of their office spaces for months. As the pandemic eases around the country, workplace leaders share…
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Can employers mandate some employees get the vaccine and not others? Is there an obligation to consider requiring a COVID-19 test before coming back to work? What are the potential workers’ compensation claims relating to possible adverse reactions to a vaccine? Should employers mandate vaccinations? In this article, McDermott partners Carole Spink, Joseph Mulherin, Kathleen […]

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As governments around the world move to end lockdown restrictions, employers are examining how—and if—to bring their employees back to work. In this video, McDermott partner Carole A. Spink provides insight into the challenges facing both employers and employees. “The issue here in the US is a pragmatic one,” Spink notes. “How do you do […]

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