Tag Archive for: benefits

McDermott Will & Emery’s Michael B. Kimberly, Sarah P. Hogarth and Andrew C. Liazos, are co-counsel on a petition for certiorari before the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC). The petition calls for review of ERIC’s legal challenge to the City of Seattle’s hotel healthcare “play or pay” […]

The post ERIC Petitions US Supreme Court on Seattle Healthcare Case appeared first on EMPLOYEE BENEFITS BLOG.

https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2022/05/eric-petitions-us-supreme-court-on-seattle-healthcare-case/

If the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade (as suggested by a leaked draft on May 2), employers who want to provide abortion coverage to employees and their families could encounter serious challenges. In this Bloomberg Law article, McDermott’s Sarah G. Raaii noted that employers that provide travel expenses for abortions might encounter resistance […]

The post ‘Unprecedented Interest’ in Employer-Covered Abortion Travel appeared first on EMPLOYEE BENEFITS BLOG.

https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2022/05/unprecedented-interest-in-employer-covered-abortion-travel/

McDermott Will & Emery’s Andrew C. Liazos, Michael B. Kimberly and Charlie Seidell recently filed an amicus brief in the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit on behalf of the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC). McDermott filed the brief in response to a US Department of Labor (DOL) amicus brief that advanced a novel […]

The post ERIC Files Amicus Brief Rebutting DOL Attempt to Create New Regulations in Lawsuit appeared first on EMPLOYEE BENEFITS BLOG.

https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2022/04/eric-files-amicus-brief-rebutting-dol-attempt-to-create-new-regulations-in-lawsuit/

Restrictive covenants were once the exclusive province of the courts in each state. That is no longer the case. Although case law still governs restrictive covenants, states also are enacting restrictive covenants statutes. Today, 30 states (including Washington, DC) have laws affecting restrictive covenants. Unlike state statutes regulating trade secrets (which largely follow the Uniform […]

The post Restrictive Covenants Evolve from Common Law to Statutory Regulation: The 2022 Watershed appeared first on EMPLOYEE BENEFITS BLOG.

https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2022/04/restrictive-covenants-evolve-from-common-law-to-statutory-regulation-the-2022-watershed/

On February 28, 2022, the White House issued a fact sheet outlining several efforts aimed to increase safety, accountability, oversight and transparency in the senior services industry (Fact Sheet). Although the Fact Sheet’s initiatives have not yet been implemented, President Biden reiterated his administration’s focus on nursing home reform during his March 1, 2022, State […]

The post Biden Administration Foreshadows Impending Nursing Home Quality Reforms appeared first on EMPLOYEE BENEFITS BLOG.

https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2022/04/biden-administration-foreshadows-impending-nursing-home-quality-reforms/

On March 22, 2022, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a limited reopening of the rulemaking record for the COVID-19 emergency temporary standard for the healthcare industry, originally published on June 21, 2021 (the Healthcare ETS). OSHA will hold an informal public hearing to gather additional information from healthcare industry stakeholders. With […]

The post OSHA Reaffirms Arrival of Permanent Healthcare Industry COVID-19 Standard appeared first on EMPLOYEE BENEFITS BLOG.

https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2022/03/osha-reaffirms-arrival-of-permanent-healthcare-industry-covid-19-standard/

On March 17, 2022, New York State’s Commissioner of Health ended the designation of COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease that presents a serious risk of harm to public health under the New York Health and Essential Rights (HERO) Act. As of that date, private sector employers in New York State are no longer required […]

The post New York State Ends COVID-19 HERO Act Designation appeared first on EMPLOYEE BENEFITS BLOG.

https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2022/03/new-york-state-ends-covid-19-hero-act-designation/

A Trump administration-era Medicare program is under increased scrutiny from progressive Democrats. According to this Politico article, the program is a “direct contracting model” that allows private companies to participate in Medicare. Some Democrats, however, say the program is opening up a lane for Medicare privatization. “There’s a dynamic with the left that [the Center […]

The post Trump-Era Medicare Program Under Increased Scrutiny appeared first on EMPLOYEE BENEFITS BLOG.

https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2022/03/trump-era-medicare-program-under-increased-scrutiny/

The continuation of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and consumer demand for digitally delivered healthcare not only necessitated the shift from in-person to virtual care, but also continued to drive interest, adoption, investment and transactions in digital health in 2021. Digital health funding in 2021 far surpassed 2020’s totals, with no signs of slowing […]

The post Digital Health 2021 Year in Review appeared first on EMPLOYEE BENEFITS BLOG.

https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2022/03/digital-health-2021-year-in-review/

As the world enters the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have gained a greater understanding about the virus’ relationship with US anti-discrimination laws. With the inevitable rise of future variants and long-haul COVID-19 cases, however, businesses are still navigating murky waters. In this Law360 article, McDermott Partner Lindsay Ditlow offers perspective about worker […]

The post Four Discrimination Questions Employers Have About COVID-19 appeared first on EMPLOYEE BENEFITS BLOG.

https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2022/02/four-discrimination-questions-employers-have-about-covid-19/