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UPDATED STANDARDS FOR RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS

On June 29, 2023, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Groff v. DeJoy (“Groff”), clarifying employers’ burden to show that a religious accommodation creates an “undue hardship.” Before the decision, an accommodation could cause an undue hardship if it imposed anything more than a de minimis – trifling or minor – cost to the […]

UPDATES FOR FTC’S PROPOSED NON-COMPETE RULE

In March, we published a summary of the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed rule to effectively ban non-compete agreements across almost all industries. Earlier this year, the FTC sent shockwaves throughout the labor market after announcing a new proposed rule that would prevent employers across nearly every industry from entering into any non-compete agreement with an […]

AVOID OCR INVESTIGATIONS: STOP SNOOPING IN ITS TRACKS

On June 15, 2023, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that a Washington hospital would pay $240,000 as part of a settlement for HIPAA violations concerning medical record “snooping.” In May 2018, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital submitted a breach notification to OCR, triggering an investigation. The hospital […]

HHS PROPOSED REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE RULE

On April 12, 2023, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released a proposed rule (the “Rule”) that would modify the HIPAA Privacy Rule to include stricter standards for the use or disclosure of PHI to investigate or prosecute patients, providers, and others receiving, providing, or involved in reproductive […]

AI IN THE WORKPLACE: WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW

With the rise of ChatGPT and other technology, artificial intelligence (“AI”) is all the rage these days. Although automated systems, with and without AI, certainly can make tasks easier and more efficient, they also have inherent risks. Further, when employers use AI in the workplace, they must ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and […]

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NC’S CON REFORMS

On March 23, 2023, North Carolina passed Session Law 2023-7 into law. While the law primarily aims to expand Medicaid coverage across the state, it also institutes significant reforms for the state’s Certificate of Need (“CON”) Program. CON Law requires health care providers to apply to the program and obtain a certificate in order to […]

UPDATED NOTICE OF RIGHTS UNDER FCRA REQUIRED WITH BACKGROUND CHECKS

On March 24, 2023, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an updated version of their notice, “A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act” (the “Updated Notice”). Employers who conduct background or credit checks on employees or job applicants are required to provide the Updated Notice under FCRA. The Updated Notice […]

DEA’S PROPOSED RULE ON TELEMEDICINE AND PRESCRIBING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

The Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 (the “Ryan Haight Act”) was enacted to amend the Controlled Substances Act to crack down on online prescribing of highly addictive substances, especially to teenagers and young adults, and impose stricter regulations on the use of telemedicine to prescribe controlled substances. When the pandemic hit […]