(Recorded Webinar) Understanding the Biden Administration’s Workplace Vaccine Mandates
On September 9, 2021, the Biden Administration released a sweeping vaccine mandate and testing plan across industries in its Path Out of the Pandemic (the “Administration’s Plan” or the “Plan”). According to the Administration, the Plan is “a six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy that employs the same science-based approach that was used to successfully combat previous variants of COVID-19 earlier this year.”
There are at least three prongs in the Administration’s Plan which, if implemented by relevant federal agencies, may affect health centers and their employees, including:
- A requirement that employers with 100 or more employees require employees to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing and provide paid time off for employees to receive and recover from the vaccine
- A requirement that employees of Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities must be vaccinated, unless they have approved religious or medical exemptions
- A requirement that all employees of federal contractors be vaccinated, unless they have approved religious or medical exemptions
The Administration’s Plan requires various Executive Branch agencies such as the Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to issue standards and regulations to implement the requirements in the Plan.
In this Industry Update we will evaluate how the Administration’s Plan may affect health centers and their employees. We will discuss how agencies like OSHA and CMS will take the next steps to implement the Plan and explore the likelihood of legal challenges that the Plan may face from states and industries.
- Health Center Clinical Staff
- Risk Managers
- Compliance Officers
- CEOs, COOs, CMOs
- Clinical Staff
- Human Resources Managers and Staff
After this webinar, you will be able to:
- Evaluate the legal framework of vaccine mandates and testing requirements set forth in the Biden Administration’s Plan
- Understand how health centers may be impacted by the Biden Administration’s Plan
- Explore how legal challenges to agency action implementing the Plan might develop and affect requirements to comply with vaccine mandates and testing requirements
A Partner in the firm’s health law practice group, Molly advises health centers on the management of clinical, employment and workforce-related risks, with a particular focus on professional liability, Federal Tort Claims Act, and HIPAA matters. From her experience as both a private attorney and in-house counsel, Molly knows the importance of managing liability and risk issues in mission-driven organizations. [Full Bio]
As Partner and Compliance Counsel with the firm’s health law practice group, Dianne advises health centers on implementing effective compliance programs and on addressing top compliance risk areas. Dianne counsels health centers and other organizations on developing compliance programs that include the OIG’s seven elements, respond to identified compliance risk areas, and reflect the organization’s culture. Dianne also advises health centers and other organizations on patient privacy and confidentiality, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule and 42 CFR Part 2. She has experience responding to privacy and security incidents, including determining whether there has been a breach, notifying patients and the government, and creating corrective action plans. [Full Bio]
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