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EMPLOYERS FOOT THE BILL

Feds say insurers not required to pay for employer return to work COVID-19 testing

Since the public health emergency began, the US government has taken the position that insurers shouldn’t be allowed to make consumers pay for COVID-19 lab tests. But now comes news that insurers will not be put in that same position with regard to return to work screening conducted on employees by their employers. FFCRA rules for COVID-19 test payment The key piece of federal relief legislation, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), required insurers to cover COVID-19 tests without imposing any copayments, deductibles, coinsurance or other patient cost-sharing. But the rule (Section 6001 of FFCRA) rule applied only to tests deemed “medically appropriate” by a healthcare provider. The key question: Would insurers also have to foot the bill for screening tests not used for diagnosis and treatment? Apparently, the answer… . . . read more

COMPLIANCE GUIDANCE

How to create a legally sound COVID-19 medical screening policy

Like so many other law offices during the coronavirus pandemic, you may be considering medically screening your employees each day before letting them into the workplace. While screening is highly problematic in normal times, regulators have grudgingly acknowledged that it may be a justified health and safety measure during the pandemic. The operative phrase is “may be,” which means that limits still apply. You need to recognize and ensure keep your facility in compliance with those limits. Here’s how. Three Ways COVID-19 Screening Can Get Your Firm into Legal Hot Water Medically screening  personnel can expose you to three kinds of liability. Privacy Violations Body temperature and information about an individual’s symptoms (or lack thereof) collected during the screening process is personal health information (PHI) protected by HIPAA and other… . . . read more

ASK THE EXPERT

Must employee notify our office of DUI?

QUESTION If one of our employees gets a DUI, do they have to notify us? ANSWER It depends. EXPLANATION There are at least four factors affecting whether the employee would have to come forward and tell you about the DUI? Your HR policies: What, if anything, do your current policies say about whether employees must notify you of their DUIs? Conviction or arrest? If the employee was arrested but not convicted, he/she may be able to prove innocence (or may have already done so if the charges were dropped or the employee was acquitted). A conviction, on the other hand, would more likely affect job performance and thus require disclosure. Impact on job performance: Notification is required if the DUI has an actual or potential impact on job performance, such… . . . read more

BLOG

What you need to know when a bully takes you on

By Lynne Curry  bio
You’ve met bullies who play a win/lose game, even as you aim for a win/win solution. Guess who loses when…


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WORKING WITH CLIENTS

Is your office prepared to accommodate an aging population?

Talk of an aging population isn’t idle chatter. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2030 will mark a significant turning point in…


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SOCIAL MEDIA

Compliance perspective: How to keep an employee from damaging your practice on social media

In the cyber age, protecting your practice from the potential threat posed by employee blogging, tweeting, Instagramming, and other social networking is a…


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SEXUAL HARASSMENT

5 blind spots in sexual harassment policies and how to fix them

Recent months have witnessed the morphing of workplace sexual harassment prevention from legal requirement to moral imperative. And while the current fervor is…


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EMPLOYEE WELLNESS

How employers can help break the stigma of mental health in the workplace?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! With approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiencing mental illness, according to…


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WORKPLACE BULLYING

How to beat the workplace bully in your law office

Loss of good employees, low morale and communication breakdowns caused by office bullies are costing your law office plenty, says…


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HEALTHY WORKPLACE

Easy ways to make your law office healthier

Too often, law offices not only fail to promote staff health and well-being, they might actually detract from it.
Why does it matter?
A healthy workplace encourages staff engagement and productivity, which has a direct impact on the profitability of…


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