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covid vaccine mandate

Reduce Legal Risk of Requiring COVID Vaccine for Practice Staff

Mandating vaccines for your practice may or may not be your choice, but how you transition to this trend is fraught with risk if not managed correctly. Between federal regulations, state requirements, and union contracts, it’s all too easy to make a mistake that can result in crippling lawsuits and stiff penalties – unless you […]
Whistleblower complaints

Resolve Employee Concerns and Stop CMS Whistleblower Complaints

Make no mistake—your employees are being encouraged by CMS to report any suspected Medicare fraud. Whistleblower complaints. CMS offers an incentive to complainants of between 15% to 30% of any money they collect based on the data reported.  So, depending on the extent of the violation, this can easily add up to a significant financial […]
COVID-19 PTO leave sharing plan

Disaster Leave Sharing Plan Helps with COVID-19 PTO

With the expiration of the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) and no new government guidance to replace it, knowing how to handle paid time off (PTO) requests related to COVID-19 is a challenge. You certainly want to ensure that your staff are okay, but you also have a business to run that requires you to […]
COVID-19 vaccination exemption

Skillfully Accommodate COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Requests

Update Notice: This information was reviewed for accuracy on May 19th,2021. This update reflects new guidance for vaccinated individuals provided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on May 13, 2021. This new information is in blue text in the second paragraph below. A recent New Mexico case highlights that there are still a lot […]
Hiring the right medical staff

Successfully Hire the Right Person for Your Office, Fast

Hiring can be one of the most time-consuming, frustrating and IMPORTANT tasks you handle.  The consequences of getting it wrong have far-reaching tentacles that affect everyone from the provider to the patients. There are several key elements to hiring the very best staff members for your practice. And even if you are a seasoned practice […]
2021 FFCRA Update

FFCRA: Receive a Tax Break When You Give COVID-19-Related PTO

You can get a tax break when an employee is exposed to COVID-19 this Spring – or has to care for an ill child, and you compensate your staff for the time off. 2021 FFCRA Update. The mandatory paid time off that you had to provide under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired […]
COVID Post Travel Employment Laws

Head Off COVID-19 After Travel Employment Law Violations

QUESTION: Some of our employees are planning on traveling out-of-state during the holidays. We are considering restricting their vacations to reduce the post-travel risk of them spreading the coronavirus to our staff and patients. If they do travel, can we require an after-travel quarantine before we allow the individual to return to work? Question from […]
require flu shots

3 Steps to Require Flu Shots Without Violating Employee Laws

Mandating employees flu shots will land you in a legal mess unless you have the right Federal and state requirements in place. Requiring your staff to receive an infleunza vaccination absolutely reduces illness and absenteeism and protects your patients. And many of your employees will willingly get a flu shot this fall; some may refuse. […]
COVID Employment Leave Changes

Avoid FFCRA Fines, Comply with New Employment Leave Laws

The Department of Labor (DOL) has revised several Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFRCA) rules that mean once again you must update your employment leave policies related to coronavirus. If you accidently violate one of the regulations, you’ll most likely have to pay back wages plus hefty fines. Be sure to quickly make these new […]
COVID PTO Employee Discharge

COVID Leave: Check This Before Discharging Employee

QUESTION: A staff member has been off for more than a total of 12 weeks. She has been providing doctor’s notes that state due to her health conditions she should not report to work due to COVID-19. She was paid for 12 weeks and now is being paid from her PTO. How much more flexible can we […]