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The upcoming change in the US presidential administration is expected to significantly alter the landscape of immigration adjudication and enforcement in the United States. Our immigration team will present a one-hour webinar examining some of the changes that President-elect Joseph Biden’s administration could make to US business immigration policy, as well as recent USCIS and DOL regulatory changes and immigration in post-Brexit Europe.

We will discuss how these changes may affect multinational employers and US healthcare organizations with foreign-born healthcare workers residing in the United States.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
12:00–1:00 pm ET

Healthcare systems have been on the front lines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and may have several questions about how to manage workforce challenges as we look toward the upcoming months.

Join us for a webinar featuring lawyers from our labor and employment, employee benefits, and healthcare regulatory practices to discuss practical approaches to workforce challenges. 

We invite you to join Morgan Lewis and the Wharton Center for Human Resources for a post-election series of webinars featuring insights from current and former officials of the US federal agencies that regulate the workplace. Featured speakers from the US Department of Labor (DOL), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will provide perspectives from each agency on the current challenges facing employers. A final session will focus on the workplace policy outlook for 2021 and will discuss implications of the November 2020 election.

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In recent years, reports have indicated robust enforcement activities by the US Department of Labor (DOL) against ERISA plans and service providers to those plans. These enforcement activities have an increasing focus on ERISA group health plans and their service providers, such as health insurers and administrators.

Please join us on October 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm ET as we discuss the following:

  • Background on the DOL’s regulation of and enforcement activities against such group health plans and providers
  • The DOL’s primary areas of focus in its investigations against such plans and providers, with an eye toward helping plans and providers avoid exposure in those areas
  • Helpful considerations for health plans and providers navigating DOL investigations

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We invite you to join our labor and employment team on October 1 at 12:00 pm ET for a virtual roundtable on labor-management relations as they relate to the healthcare industry. 2020 has brought a myriad of uncertainties, especially for the healthcare industry, and we anticipate that clients may have a number of questions on how to handle these unprecedented times. The Morgan Lewis team, joined by IRI Consultants, will discuss how to address a number of labor-management-related issues today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Topics will include:

  • How organized labor is leveraging current events to achieve their organizing and policy goals
  • Collective bargaining challenges during the pandemic
  • The importance of contract language as exposed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
  • Dealing with the practical and PR challenges of PPE demonstrations
  • Important NLRB case takeaways
  • Latest on COVID-19 mail-in ballot versus manual election developments

If you are interested in attending, please contact Margaret Butler. Register soon, as space is limited.

Our immigration colleagues recently published a LawFlash on the July 29 decision by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York to grant a preliminary nationwide injunction to temporarily block the continued implementation of the public charge rule during a public health emergency such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Two days later, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new proposed fee schedule with increased filing fees, set to take effect on October 2, 2020.

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As the new school year quickly approaches, colleges, universities, and academic medical center employers are a facing a number of key issues that they should begin considering to minimize difficulties following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We invite you to join our employee benefits and labor and employment teams for a webinar focused on the reopening issues and considerations to minimize difficulties as they begin to reopen or expand their operations.

Join our panelists Greg Needles, Klair Fitzpatrick, Eleanor Pelta, and Ami Wynne as they discuss:

  • Immigration Barriers and New Rules for Foreign Students Returning to Campus
  • Campus Accommodations for Faculty, Staff, and Students
  • Managing Faculty and Staff Employment Claims
  • Looking Around the Corner: Title IX Regulations and Implications of Upcoming Election

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In this LawFlash our Labor, Employment, and Benefits team details the long-anticipated ruling by the US Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County that held Title VII’s ban on discrimination extends to gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals. The decision comes on the heels of a recent US Department of Health and Human Services announcement rolling back certain healthcare protections extended to LGBT individuals as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Noting that the Supreme Court’s ruling will have a sweeping impact on federal antidiscrimination law, the LawFlash discusses key recommendations for employers and policy implications for the ACA.

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We invite you to join us on Thursday, February 27 for our next installment of the Fast Break series. In a recent post, we highlighted staffing-related trends that arise in collective bargaining in the healthcare industry. For this month’s edition of Fast Break, we will be joined by partner Douglas Hart to discuss the recent National Labor Relations Board labor law changes and what healthcare providers should expect for 2020.

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While US healthcare institutions are poised to respond to any outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), how should they prepare as employers for the questions and compliance challenges that arise in a public health crisis? In this LawFlash, our Labor, Employment, and Benefits team cautions that “employers must carefully balance concerns relating to employee and public safety with protecting employees from unnecessary medical inquiries, harassment, and discrimination—all while complying with immigration, leave, and medical privacy laws.”  Recommending that “[r]esponsibility should be assigned to specific individuals or teams to assess the hazard, communicate with employees and the public, and implement appropriate security measures,” they detail important information that employers should know before responding to an outbreak situation.

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Check out our Responding to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus page for all of the latest developments.