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Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association will honor Kathy L. Nusslock with the Nathan A. Fishbach Founder’s Award

Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association will honor Kathy L. Nusslock with the Nathan A. Fishbach Founder’s Award

On May 26 the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association will honor Kathy L. Nusslock (Litigation, Milwaukee) with the Nathan A. Fishbach Founder's Award at the 20th Annual Meeting which will take place at the Pfister Hotel from 8:30 AM - 1:15 PM. Attendees can expect great programming, exceptional award presentations, networking opportunities, and 3.0 CLE credits. For more information or to...

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135 Wisconsin Municipalities Potentially Affected by PCB Class Action Settlement. Payouts May Not Align with Actual Damages.

A Central District of California Judge has preliminarily approved a class action settlement in City of Long Beach, et al. v. Monsanto Company, et al., that will resolve claims by various municipalities against Monsanto Company, Solutia, Inc. and Pharmacia for environmental damages related to PCBs.  The underlying basis for the claims are allegations that PCBs are present at sites and public...

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2022 WASB/WSAA School Law Conference & Workshop

2022 WASB/WSAA School Law Conference & Workshop

School and Education Attorneys, James Kalny and Abby (Busler) Tilkens will be presenting at the 2022 WASB/WSAA School Law Conference & Workshop on Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM. Click here to view the powerpoint presentation. Their presentation, Free Speech from the Tinker Era Through 2021 and Beyond will explore the changing territory of free speech.  After providing a...

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Supreme Court Nixes OSHA Vax, Upholds Health Worker Mandate

On January 13, 2022, the United States Supreme Court blocked the OSHA ETS rule, which mandated private employers with at least 100 employees require their employees to be fully vaccinated or submit to a weekly COVID test and wear face masks.  Six of the Court’s nine justices held that the ETS constituted an attempt by OSHA to regulate general matters of public health, as opposed to occupational...

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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Nursing Home Vaccination Mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health care providers to proceed. The rule requires nursing homes, hospitals, and certain other participants in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to vaccinate all non-exempt staff[1] against COVID-19. In a separate ruling, the Court blocked the enforcement of a broader rule from the U.S....

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CMS Plans Enforcement, Sets New Deadlines for COVID Vaccination Mandate

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday announced new dates for nursing homes in Wisconsin and 24 other states to comply with the mandate to vaccinate all non-exempt staff against COVID-19. It also announced plans for survey enforcement. Within 30 days of Tuesday’s directive,[1] these nursing homes must have developed policies and procedures and 100% of non-exempt...

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OSHA’s Vax or Test Mandate for Employers with 100+ Employees Is Back in Effect. What’s Next for Employers?

Late on Friday, December 17, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, vacated the Fifth Circuit’s stay on OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”).  The ETS mandates private employers with at least 100 employees to be fully vaccinated or submit to a weekly COVID test and wear face masks.  Given this swift reversal, OSHA updated its compliance dates to provide employers...

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Vaccination Mandate for Nursing Homes is Revived, for Now, in Wisconsin

After being blocked this month by a federal judge in Louisiana, the COVID vaccination mandate for nursing home staff has been reinstated in Wisconsin and 25 other states, at least for now. The background: In November the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services required nursing homes participating in Medicare and Medicaid to have staff fully vaccinated by January 4 (except for staff with...

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Managing Potential Employee Non-Compliance with COVID-19 Requirements

Even before the Biden Administration promulgated its now-in-legal-limbo vaccination/testing mandates, the COVID-19 pandemic had brought health-related, and religious-related, matters to the forefront of the employer-employee relationship, perhaps like never seen before. As a result, employers often have been forced to have difficult conversations with employees over topics like mandatory...

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Ruling Puts Vaccination Mandate for Nursing Homes on Hold

The federal requirement that nursing homes vaccinate staff against COVID-19 is on hold temporarily after a judge’s ruling this week in Louisiana. The ruling, coming amid concerns over the omicron variant of the coronavirus, could ease pressure on nursing homes facing staffing shortages but for now leaves vaccination rules in an uncertain status. In November, the Centers for Medicare &...

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