Industries & Practices

Health Care Employment & Labor

FDA full approval of Pfizer vaccine should reduce risk of employer mandates

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U.S. District Court dismisses challenge to hospital’s employee vaccine mandate

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OSHA’s new COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for the health care industry

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Employer mandated COVID-19 vaccination of employees generally permitted by EEOC

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OSHA obligations for hospitals with COVID-19 positive employees

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Hospital COVID-19 visitor restrictions must still comply with the ADA

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U.S. Department of Labor issues revised FFCRA rules in response to New York District Court decision

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Executive-level discrimination investigation

Served as an external investigator for a large organization in response to allegations of race and gender discrimination reported against a member of the organization's senior leadership team. Conducted multiple witness interviews, reviewed relevant documents and prepared a report of highly confidential findings, along with recommendations for next steps.

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COVID-19 management counseling

Helped clients understand their legal obligations under new labor and employment laws passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drafted work-from-home, leave, and reopening policies; advised on mass layoff obligations, terminations, furloughs, unemployment issues, and alternative work arrangements; and recommended best practices for essential workers, safe reopening, employee testing and health assessments, employee travel, and face covering requirements.

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Workers’ compensation settlement defense

Represented a medical center in defending a workers’ compensation settlement that was challenged by an employee, who, despite agreeing to the settlement, argued that the settlement amount was insufficient to cover their interests for the reimbursement of medical costs. Defended this settlement in front of the Ohio Industrial Commission, which is the adjudicating body of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, allowing the medical center to leave its fully negotiated settlement agreement intact.

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Disability discrimination and harassment defense

Defended a health care system against claims of disability discrimination and harassment and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) interference lodged by a 10-year employee against two members of the system’s human resources department and the employee’s former manager. Through extensive negotiations, resolved the matter for a fraction of the employee’s initial demand.

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Healthcare client’s bonus program audit

Conducted a full analysis of a healthcare client’s multi-faceted bonus programs to determine compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws. Developed options for changing the criteria of several bonus programs and pay calculations to avoid possible wage law violations regarding the calculation of overtime. Created a plan for correcting possible improper overtime calculations for a two-year look back period.

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