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The telework explosion ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic has created new opportunities—and challenges—for employers’ workplace sexual harassments trainings. In this article, McDermott partner Maria C. Rodriguez argues that the benefits of virtual and in-person trainings are easy to identify when they’re done right. Access the article.

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On May 18, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued much-anticipated Notice 2021-31 (the Notice) regarding the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) premium subsidy provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). Under ARPA, a 100% COBRA premium subsidy and additional COBRA enrollment rights are available to certain assistance eligible individuals (AEIs) […]

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The German federal cabinet recently approved the draft law on the digital modernization of healthcare and nursing care. The draft has been criticized for not taking into account lessons learned from the implementation of the 2019 digital health applications (DiGAs) law. In this International News article, McDermott Will & Emery partner Dr. Stephan Rau and […]

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One of the COVID-19 pandemic’s most insidious harms has been the impact on employee health, morale and productivity arising from the erosion of home/work boundaries. In this Forbes article, McDermott partner Michael W. Peregrine argues that the mitigation of such harms is a board’s business. Access the article.

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The Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) passed the US House of Representatives for a second time this March. If it’s signed into law, the legislation would eliminate state right-to-work laws, increase the number of workers eligible for collective bargaining and ban mandatory arbitration agreements. In this video, McDermott partner Ron Holland breaks […]

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The question of whether or not to make vaccinations mandatory for workers is being considered by employers globally, particularly those in the healthcare sector. In this video, McDermott Will & Emery partner Carole A. Spink outlines some of the most common employer-related vaccine questions, including incentives and data privacy concerns. Spink and McDermott partner Paul […]

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In this video, McDermott Will & Emery partner Amy C. Pimentel explains the significance of health data transfers from the European Union to the United States in a post-Schrems II world. The recent Schrems II ruling invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield, holding that the US legal regime on access to personal data does not contain […]

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McDermott Will & Emery lawyer Emily J. Cook recently spoke to Bloomberg Law about a drug alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process that’s on hold after the Biden administration removed its Trump administration appointees. This particular process concerns Department of Health and Human Services panelists that will determine the direction of a 340B drug review board. […]

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McDermott Will & Emery lawyers Jennifer S. Geetter and Allyn N. Rosenberger recommend that employers consider using a “closed point of dispensing” model to expedite COVID-19 vaccinations for their workforce by arranging for health care providers to inoculate employees using government-provided vaccines. Access the article.

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Andrew C. Liazos, partner at McDermott Will & Emery, recently moderated an American Bar Association panel on the new cybersecurity guidance for retirement plan sponsors issued by the Department of Labor (DOL). The panel slides included 10 takeaways for the new DOL guidance. Access the slides. As a background, the DOL’s new guidance formalized its […]

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