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Get Ready for Vaccine Mandates
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Employment
Arkansas employers have grappled with decisions about whether to mandate COVID-19 vaccines. Soon, some employers will no longer have much choice. On Sept. 9, President Joe Biden announced his new COVID-19 action plan, titled Path Out of the Pandemic, a sweeping push to vaccinate the unvaccinated…
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Investigating Employee Harassment Claims in the Workplace
Category: Employment
In the wake of the #MeToo Movement and as again recently seen in media headlines, sexual harassment continues to be a prevalent problem in today’s culture, and no employer is immune from the duty to prevent and resolve harassment claims in the workplace. These claims include not only sexual…
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An Employee has Tested Positive for COVID-19, Now What?
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Employment
Currently, the number of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas continues to rise due to the Delta variant. With the rising number of COVID-19 cases, now is the perfect time for employers to refresh themselves on guidelines and policies for when an employee tests positive for COVID-19. In addition, as…
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"No Surprises Act" Compliance Tips For Group Health Plans and Health Insurance Issuers
Category: Employee Benefits, Employment, Insurance Regulatory
On July 13th, group health plans and health insurance issuers subject to the Federal No Surprises Act (the “Act”) received the first phase of interim final rules promulgated under the Act (the “Rules”) and issued by the Office of Personnel Management, Department of Labor (DOL), Department of…
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Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines in Hospitals
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Employment, Health Care
On June 4, 2021, a federal judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have blocked Houston Methodist Hospital (the “Hospital”) from requiring its employees to receive one of the currently-available COVID-19 vaccines. One hundred sixteen employees of the Hospital (the…
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