Federal contractor vaccine mandates: Preparing for compliance

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Federal contractor vaccine mandates: Preparing for compliance

Monday, October 4, 2021

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President Biden’s Six Prong COVID-19 Action Plan: What employers need to know about the Path out of the Pandemic

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President Biden’s Six Prong COVID-19 Action Plan: What employers need to know about the Path out of the Pandemic

Friday, September 10, 2021

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Surprise billing regulations establish procedures to determine out-of-network rates

Monday, October 11, 2021

The second interim final rule implementing the No Surprises Act establishes procedures and timeframes for determining out-of-network payment rates, requires healthcare providers and facilities to inquire about an individual’s health coverage status and provide good faith cost estimates to uninsured and self-pay patients upon request, and establishes a patient-provider dispute resolution process for uninsured and self-pay patients.

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M&A and ESG: The Due Diligence Process

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

This blog post is the second in a series co-authored with EPOCH Pi, a Certified B Corp investment bank that helps purpose-driven clients prosper by combining traditional investment banking services with cultural integration tools that identify values-aligned partners.

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For the first time ever, DOJ criminally indicts business for agreeing not to solicit another's employees

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

In 2016, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission announced in its Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals that it intended to proceed criminally to enforce non-solicitation agreements between business competitors. In U.S. v. Surgical Care Affiliates and Scai Holdings, LLC (N.D. Tex. 2021), the DOJ finally carried through on that threat this year. Specifically, the DOJ filed its first-ever criminal indictment in federal district court, alleging that Surgical Care Affiliates, LLC (“SCA”) entered into an agreement with a competitor (“Company 1”) not to solicit each other’s senior-level employees, and that this agreement constituted an unlawful conspiracy in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act.

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Is your business prepared to deal with electricity price shocks?

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The price of gas has more than doubled in the past year.  In the Northeast and Midwest, over a third of all electricity is generated from natural gas – consequently – we are starting to see electricity price shocks. 

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Federal contractor vaccine mandates: Preparing for compliance

Monday, October 4, 2021

President Joe Biden’s September 9, 2021 COVID-19 Action Plan laid out a broad strategy to get more people vaccinated. A key piece of that strategy is the Executive Order for Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (“order”) that requires employees of federal government contractors to be vaccinated, unless they fall within an approved exemption. Consistent with the president’s approach, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued COVID19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors (“guidance”) on September 24 that spell out the steps of complying with the Order.

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Experienced corporate attorney Edward A. Reilly joins McDonald Hopkins

Friday, October 1, 2021

Edward A. Reilly, Jr. has joined McDonald Hopkins LLC as Of Counsel in the Business Department, adding his expertise to the firm’s litigation finance and general corporate teams. Reilly will be affiliated with the firm’s Chicago office and continue to reside and operate remotely from New York.  

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Conley, Gambill, Muska, and Weinberg elected to membership of McDonald Hopkins LLC

Friday, October 1, 2021

McDonald Hopkins is proud to announce the election of attorneys Karina Conley, John Gambill, Joseph Muska and Jake Weinberg to the firm’s membership. 

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Federal contractors have new guidance and December 8 deadline for vaccine mandates

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The U.S. Safer Federal Workforce Task Force recently released new guidance on compliance with President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14042 “Ensuring Adequate Safety Protocols For Federal Contractors,” which mandates COVID-19 safety protocols that all federal prime contractors and subcontractors must follow. 

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OFAC sanctions necessitate improved cybersecurity preparedness and an experienced incident response team

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

As ransomware incidents skyrocket across the country, the U.S. government continues its efforts to combat cybercrime through all avenues. Most recently, sanctions were levied against cryptocurrency exchange for facilitating illegal financial transactions to sanctioned entities.  The recent sanctions indicate that, more than ever, businesses must take steps to both mitigate risk and properly handle cyber security incidents through an experienced response team when they occur.

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'5 Questions With' Michael Deemer, President and CEO of Downtown Cleveland Alliance

Monday, September 27, 2021

A monthly segment from the McDonald Hopkins Public Law Group that asks local, regional and statewide leaders to pass along their wisdom on items of current and lasting interest. This latest installment asks Michael Deemer, President and CEO of Downtown Cleveland Alliance, about his vision for the organization, the greatest opportunities over the next 12-months, and how the organization plans to address the constant discussion of "downtown vs. the neighborhoods."

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Planning for the COVID-19 ETS: Vaccine mandates, regular testing, and more

Monday, September 20, 2021

On September 9, President Joe Biden announced the COVID-19 Action Plan which included broad-ranging initiatives designed to provide a path out of the pandemic.  The president’s Plan included an element most employers had not expected:  Employers with 100 or more employees must mandate vaccines or require weekly COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated employees. 

After taking a minute to process that announcement, employers and their human resource professionals did what they have done for the past 18 months during the pandemic, they started planning

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Claims under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act governed by 1-or-5 year limitations, Illinois appellate court finds

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Illinois First District Appellate Court recently found that, depending on the type of alleged violation at issue, a limitations period of either one or five years applies to claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). Although that highly anticipated decision adds some clarity in this evolving area of law, it is hardly the last word on the subject and is likely to be appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court.

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Considering tax reduction planning? Take action now

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

If you have a net worth in excess of $12 million or have been considering tax reduction planning, please call your estate planning attorney as soon as possible. The opportunity to take advantage of the estate and gift tax exemptions at current levels and the benefits of grantor trust planning may disappear soon.

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Markets paying close attention to ESG in agricultural industry

Monday, September 13, 2021

With an increased emphasis on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles growing across all industries, driven by demands from internal and external stakeholders, as well as the desire to compete for top talent in a competitive market, companies are recognizing they must start making ESG initiatives a top priority. 

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Experienced international insolvency attorney Minglei Wu joins the Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins

Friday, September 10, 2021

Minglei Wu has joined McDonald Hopkins LLC as an associate in the firm’s Chicago office, adding her extensive international insolvency experience to the firm’s Business Restructuring Department.

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President Biden’s Six Prong COVID-19 Action Plan: What employers need to know about the Path out of the Pandemic

Friday, September 10, 2021

Facing the raging delta variant and waning vaccination levels, on Thursday, September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced a wide-ranging COVID-19 Action Plan termed the “Path out of the Pandemic,” designed to fight the continued spread of COVID-19. McDonald Hopkins Labor and Employment team has prepared an overview of the six prong action plan and also insight for employers on what to do now.

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Illinois Freedom to Work Act limits restrictive agreements starting January 1, 2022

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed Senate Bill 0672 into law, officially amending the Illinois Freedom to Work Act. Starting on January 1, 2022, Illinois employers will have additional factors to consider if they plan to enter into non-competition and/or non-solicitation agreements with their employees.

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SEC approves new NASDAQ diversity rules

Friday, September 3, 2021

This past month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved new diversity rules to address widespread concerns about diversity and inclusion on JASDAQ's listed companies’ boards of directors.

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Florida announces law requiring licenses for genetic counselors

Friday, September 3, 2021

Florida recently added a new requirement for genetic counselors to obtain a license in order to perform genetic counseling services in the state, known as the Genetic Counseling Workforce Act. Through this law Florida has become one of a number of states in recent years to enact similar genetic counseling requirements,

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Too soon to know the fate of tax increases attached to proposed budget bill

Thursday, September 2, 2021

It is too soon to breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to tax increases attached to the budget reconciliation bill that has been introduced. Circumstances may change but not likely in the short term, and McDonald Hopkins Estate Planning & Probate team continues to monitor the situation. 

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