Biden Administration Announces Sweeping Vaccine Mandates

September 14, 2021

By Cody Weyhofen

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced
a series of sweeping vaccine mandates as part of his plan to combat the surging
COVID-19 Delta variant. In all, President Biden’s plan will impact a
significant portion of the American […]

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standards and Updates Voluntary Guidance for Other Industries

June 14, 2021

By: John Vering,  Mark Opara John Neyens, Shannon Johnson

On June 10, 2021, OSHA announced that it will release an
Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for the health care industry which will take
effect immediately upon publication in the Federal Register.  The […]

EEOC Issues Guidance on Vaccine Incentives and Other COVID Vaccine Issues

By: John Vering, John Neyens, Shannon Johnson, and Mark Opara

On May 28, 2021, the EEOC published long-awaited guidance regarding permissible incentives for employers who wish to encourage their employees and their families to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  The Guidance also addresses some other […]

Deciding Whether to Unmask—One Size Does Not Fit All

By: John Vering, John Neyens, Shannon Johnson, and Mark Opara

On May 13, 2021, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky
surprised many in the business community by announcing that “Anyone who is
fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or
small, without wearing […]

Updates to COBRA notices related to American Rescue Plan

April 16, 2021

By: Mark Opara, John Vering, and Char Heins

Last week the Department of Labor issued FAQs and Model Notices relating to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) COBRA Subsidy. The COBRA Subsidy provides coverage to Assistance Eligible Individuals […]

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

By Mark Opara and Char Heins

March 23, 2021

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law on March 11, 2021. ARPA continues certain relief programs established by the CARES Act, in addition to creating new programs […]

CLE: Straight Talk on COVID Vaccinations: What Clients Need to Know

March 4, 2021Seigfreid Bingham presented a CLE webinar with the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, “Straight Talk on COVID Vaccinations: What Clients Need to Know.”Shareholders Shannon Cohorst Johnson and John A. Vering presented the webinar, both practice in the firm’s […]

OSHA Issues New Guidance on Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

By John Vering and Mark Opara

February 1, 2021

On January 29, 2021 OSHA issued 12 pages of detailed Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace. https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safework

The key takaways from the Guidance are that Employers should […]