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Brian D. Pedrow

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The Supreme Court Has Ruled on the OSHA and CMS Vaccine Mandates – What Now?

Posted in Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), Health Plans, Healthcare Providers / Suppliers
Summary On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court “split the baby” on two federal vaccine mandates. The Court stayed the OSHA “vaccine or test” rule, but allowed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate for health care workers to take effect. Employers now must wrestle with the complex impact of these decisions [&hellip… Continue Reading »

New Stimulus Deal: Overview of Major Provisions Impacting Businesses and Individuals

Posted in COVID-19, Healthcare, Legislation
President Trump signed additional COVID-19 relief legislation (H.R. 133) into law on December 27, 2020. The deal includes a $900 billion economic stimulus package that will provide relief benefits to businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is a summary of some of the provisions that will have a major impact: Financial [&hellip… Continue Reading »

NJ Grants Health Care Professionals and Facilities Immunity in Treating COVID-19 Patients

Posted in COVID-19
Tuesday evening, April 14, 2020, New Jersey Governor Murphy signed into law Bill No. S2333, which provides health care professionals, facilities, and systems civil immunity for care given to those affected by COVID-19. The new law additionally authorizes the Director of Consumer Affairs to issue orders temporarily suspending professional and occupational licensing registration requirements. The [&hellip… Continue Reading »

IRS Issues Preliminary Guidance on Cadillac Tax

Posted in Cadillac Tax, Taxes and Fees
Yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service issued preliminary but much-anticipated guidance on the so-called Cadillac tax imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new notice offers very few concrete answers to employer questions about how the tax is to be calculated. Mostly, the IRS identifies issues that may be the subject of future proposed regulations, [&hellip… Continue Reading »

National Health Care Reform Legislation Amends FLSA To Require Breaks for Nursing Mothers

Posted in Employer Responsibilities
Employers need to provide nursing mothers with a private place and break time to express breast milk. The new requirement is an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. A new section added to the [&hellip… Continue Reading »