As more workplaces mandate vaccinations, employers and employees alike have experienced confusion about COVID-19 vaccine status and the HIPAA Privacy Rule (the “Privacy Rule”).  Some have mistakenly thought that HIPAA restricts disclosure in the workplace setting.  HIPAA does not and has never applied to health information employers hold about employees in human resources or personnel

With the Delta variant continuing to surge throughout the country, employers have begun to seriously consider mandatory vaccination policies.  On September 9th, we presented a webinar on the topic, pointers of which we will recap below. Shortly after our webinar, the Biden Administration released a COVID-19 Action Plan which combines executive orders with

On August 6, 2021, Acting Governor Susan Bysiewicz issued Executive Order 13B (the “Order”) requiring long-term care facilities to mandate staff members with “direct access” (i.e., physical access) to patients or residents be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Order applies to long-term care facilities, which is defined to include nursing homes, residential care homes, assisted living

With the rise in the Delta variant of COVID-19, employers are revisiting the issue of whether to impose mandates for vaccination. This week, Shipman Partner Daniel Schwartz spoke with Dennis House and News8 (WTNH-ABC) about the issue.

For employers, there are some important considerations when developing mandatory vaccination policies. Here are a few key takeaways

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) first released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) to modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule on December 10, 2020. OCR extended the deadline for public comment to the NPRM to May 6, 2021 and recently released those

With Governor Lamont’s change to the vaccine distribution program to an age-based rollout starting March 1, 2021, all employers (not simply those “essential” workplaces) must now consider whether to require, or even to encourage, their employees to get the vaccine.

At our webinar earlier this month (which is still available for on-demand viewing here),

Julie Fay, Peter Murphy, and Dan Schwartz will be presenters during the Connecticut Construction Industries Association’s webinar, “The Next Phase: Vaccines in the Workplace and What’s Next in the COVID-19 Pandemic.” They will address frequently asked questions regarding vaccines in the workplace including:

  • Can (and should) employers mandate vaccinations for employees?
  • Regardless of

This week marked a turning point in the COVID-19 Pandemic: the arrival of the first vaccines.  Now that the vaccines are finally coming (through much of 2021), employers have many questions to ask themselves and will have many questions to answer from employees. On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission started to

Jarad Lucan will present the session, “Preparing for Connecticut’s Paid Family Medical Leave Insurance Program” during the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) Annual Member Forum.

On June 25, 2019, Connecticut passed legislation to create a comprehensive paid family and medical leave insurance program (PFMLI Program), which becomes effective January 1, 2021. This informative presentation