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2022 Virginia Super Lawyers
We are proud to announce O’Hagan Meyer Virginia Attorneys, Charles K. Seyfarth (Partner), Alan D. Albert (Partner), Elizabeth Turner (Associate), and Michael D. Pierce (Associate), were acknowledged this month as 2022 Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars. Thomas Reuters reserves the honor of recognizing lawyers who exhibit excellence in their practice field. Congratulations to you all!
President Biden Signs Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act into Law
Five years after actress Alyssa Milano brought the term #MeToo into the mainstream, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act is officially federal law. Congress passed the law with bipartisan support on February 10, 2022, and President Biden officially signed it on March 3, 2022. The law is effective immediately.
Chuck Seyfarth Named ‘Stand-Out Lawyer’ By Thomson Reuters
O’Hagan Meyer Partner Chuck Seyfarth has been recognized as a “Stand-Out Lawyer”
by Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters surveyed more than 2,000 senior in-house counsel
in large organizations seeking nominations for the most outstanding lawyers that client has worked with in the last three years. Those recognized are noted for their high quality of work, business and commercial savvy, and ability to turn legal advice into practical solutions.
U.S. Supreme Court Issues Split Decision: Stays OSHA Private Employer Vaccine Mandate, but Upholds CMS Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers
On Thursday, January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court satisfied anxious employers and attorneys by issuing opinions on two of the Biden Administration’s controversial vaccine mandates. In King Solomon-esque fashion, the Court divided the cases evenly by allowing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (“CMS”) vaccine mandate to proceed but staying enforcement of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) applicable to businesses with 100 or more employees.
Congratulations to OM’s Newest Partners!
Please join us in congratulating our newest partners at O’Hagan Meyer! We are excited that Eileen Geller, J. Brandon Sieg, Sean Rohan, Johnny Antwiler, Lucas Sun, Andrea Rosenkranz, and Ryan Benson are continuing to grow with us.
CMS Revives Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers in 25 States
Despite data confirming that the newer Omicron variant of COVID-19 is transmissible even to those who are double vaccinated and boosted, recent federal resuscitated President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates.
The 6th Circuit Hits the Accelerator on the OSHA Vaccine Mandate: Next Steps for Employers
On Friday, December 17, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the national stay of the OSHA ETS issued by the Fifth Circuit (https://ohaganmeyer.com/2021/12/02/president-bidens-vaccine-mandates-put-on-hold/), finding that the potential harm COVID-19 poses to the Government and the public interest “outweighs any irreparable injury to the individual petitioners who may be subject to the vaccination policy.”
Update: Fifth Circuit Lifts Injunction on CMS Vaccine Mandate in Half of the Nation
On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit scaled back the reach of the preliminary injunction against the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (“CMS”) COVID-19 vaccination mandate (“Mandate”) that a Louisiana federal district court issued two weeks earlier. This CMS Mandate is the rule requiring that healthcare workers who work in health care settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 4, 2022, or face termination.
A Critical Ruling for Franchisors Everywhere Looms in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“MASJC”) heard oral argument on December 8, 2021 in a case of substantial importance to franchise owners.
Georgia Federal Court Imposes Nationwide Injunction on Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate
On December 7, 2021, U.S. District Judge R. Stan Baker issued a preliminary injunction against the Biden Administration, preventing any further acts to enforce Executive Order 14042 (“EO 14042” or “Mandate”) and the associated Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Guidance, the Executive Order requiring most workers on federal contracts to be vaccinated, pending further action from the Court. The case, Georgia v. Biden, was brought by the states of Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia (the “States”), along with several state agencies and is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.