November 27, 2022

Volume XII, Number 331


Employment Law This Week: Employee Privacy and COVID-19, CMS Vaccine Mandate on Hold, Independent Contractor Classification

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday: This week, we look at complying with the rules that require employers to keep employee COVID-19 vaccination and testing information confidential.

HIPAA, Employee Privacy Protections, and COVID-19

Regulations for employee COVID-19 vaccination or testing remain in limbo, but many employers are crafting policies to ensure that they are keeping employee vaccination and testing information confidential, regardless of what happens in the courts. Attorney Denise Dadika tells us more.

CMS Vaccination Mandate Rule on Hold

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ interim final rule requiring full COVID-19 vaccination for staff and others at Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers was put on hold by preliminary injunctions in two federal district courts. Read more.

Independent Contractor Classification in 2021

Early in the year, the Biden administration rescinded Trump-era Department of Labor rules and guidance on independent contractor classification. Further, the proliferation of the “ABC test” continued across several states and industries this year. Employers should keep these changes in mind for compliance with classification rules. Read more.

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About this Author

Denise Merna Dadika, Epstein Becker Green, Discrimination Policy Attorney, Employee Relations Lawyer

DENISE MERNA DADIKA is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm's Newark office.

Ms. Dadika:

  • Represents employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies on issues involving harassment, discrimination, retaliation, breach of employment contracts, wage and hour compliance, tort claims, and restrictive covenants

  • Counsels employers on day-to-day workplace issues, including...

George Carroll Whipple III, Epstein Becker Green, Workforce Management Lawyer, Hiring Matters Attorney

GEORGE CARROLL WHIPPLE, III, is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. He hosts the firm's innovative weekly video program, Employment Law This Week.

Mr. Whipple:

  • Counsels employers on workplace issues, including hiring and promotion, firing and discipline, wage and hour, and the implementation of employment policies, to ensure compliance with federal and state laws

  • ...