Author Archives: Kimberly Blankenship

Return to the Workplace: Mandating vs. Encouraging Vaccines

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more widely available, employers have questions as to whether they can (or should) require that employees obtain a COVID-19 vaccine. Summarized below are common questions and answers, based on current guidance: 1.     Can an employer require employees to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment?Generally, yes. There are few employers Continue reading

Better Safe than a Million Dollars Sorry

Picture this: you are leaving your medical office after a long day of work.  You take your laptop with you so that you can finish some remaining tasks at home.  On the way, you stop off at the grocery to pick up a few items.  You lock your car.  When you return, you discover that Continue reading

NLRB – Employees Have a Statutory Right to Use Employer Email for Section 7 Purposes

My daughter has a book called “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” that stars a young mouse who gets a brand new purse, filled with coins, as a gift. She brings it to school and cannot stop talking about it, disrupting the classroom in the process. Her mean teacher, Mr. Slinger, takes the purse to prevent Lilly Continue reading

Ready, Set, Go! What the New DOL Affirmative Action Rules Mean to Federal Contractors in 2014

Are you a federal contractor or subcontractor?  If so, take note – at the end of August 2013, the DOL announced new rules implementing some fairly major changes to affirmative action requirements applicable to certain federal contractors.  These requirements will go into effect on March 24, 2014.  This post lays out briefly what those requirements Continue reading

HIPAA Compliance Date of September 23, 2013 Draws Near!

Are you a HIPAA covered entity? If so, the Department of Health and Human Services’ modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Notification Rules require that covered entities come into compliance with the Rule’s requirements by September 23, 2013. It is important to note that HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rule requirements apply not Continue reading