Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Employers Goes Into Effect in Texas

Remember those federal vaccine mandates? ¬†Well, one of them is still with us, and it has now started going into effect in Texas, the last state to be subject to the mandate. You may recall that when in January the U.S. Supreme Court nixed the Administration’s vaccine mandate for large employers, it allowed the vaccine mandate for health care employers, that is, Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) started setting deadlines for…

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Congress Nixes Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment and Assault Cases

The President has signed a bill prohibiting mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment and sexual assault claims. The law’s name is a mouthful, the “Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021.” The new law also forbids mandatory waivers of an employee’s right to bring class actions or their cousins, “collective actions.” The Act states the predispute mandatory agreements are invalid and unenforceable with respect to “cases” involving sexual harassment or sexual assault; that would seem to…

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