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5 Steps for Increasing the Enforceability of Online Agreements

5 Steps for Increasing the Enforceability of Online Agreements

November 16, 2020 at 5:01 PM - online agreements,

Online agreements, often referred to as “Terms of Use” or “Terms of Service,” have increasingly become standard practice for most companies doing business through a website. Although these agreements are designed to insulate companies from liability with respect to customers and users, not all online agreements are created equal. In fact, even the most detailed agreements can fail to protect companies from liability if the provisions are found to be unenforceable. A recently published white paper on the enforceability of online agreements actually found a direct correlation between form and enforceability[1].

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Election Season: Political Activities Tax-Exempt Organizations Should Avoid

Election Season: Political Activities Tax-Exempt Organizations Should Avoid

November 4, 2020 at 9:56 AM - Nonprofits,

In this ACC Docket article, Washington D.C.-based member Lakshmi Sarma Ramani and co-author Anita Drummond remind tax-exempt organizations about the limitations that may apply to organizations’ lobbying and political activities.

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OCR Right of Access Initiative Bares Its Teeth

OCR Right of Access Initiative Bares Its Teeth

October 26, 2020 at 3:03 PM - Business Associates,

Last year, the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced a new initiative – the HIPAA Right of Access Initiative – as an enforcement priority in support of the right of individuals to timely access of their health records under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule. As of this October, OCR has settled 9 enforcement actions against healthcare organizations for failure to comply.

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Can Employers Mandate Vaccinations for Employees?

Can Employers Mandate Vaccinations for Employees?

October 19, 2020 at 2:12 PM - employee policies,

Protecting the health and safety of employees is a high priority for most employers. Every year, as flu season approaches, many consider adopting a mandatory vaccine policy to help prevent the spread of the flu in the workplace. And now more than ever, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this issue is top of mind for both employers and employees as the world awaits news of an approved vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While employers may view that future vaccine as the linchpin in their plans to resume pre-COVID workplace protocols, simply mandating it for employees may not be feasible.

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California Employers Take on Greater COVID-19 Liability

California Employers Take on Greater COVID-19 Liability

October 2, 2020 at 2:57 PM - COVID-19,

The California legislature recently passed SB 1159, significantly expanding the governor’s executive order (N-62-20) of May 6 (“Executive Order”) regarding workers’ compensation and employer liability for COVID-19.

The Executive Order created a rebuttable presumption[1] that any employee diagnosed with COVID-19 from March 19 to July 5, who had visited the workplace at the direction of their employer and received positive results within 14 days of such visit, was presumed to have contracted the disease on the job, and therefore, could file a workers’ compensation claim.

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Department of Labor Clarifies Guidance on Use of FFCRA Leave for Various Types of School Re-Openings

Department of Labor Clarifies Guidance on Use of FFCRA Leave for Various Types of School Re-Openings

October 1, 2020 at 11:45 AM - paid leave,

As we previously summarized, the FFCRA allows parents to take up to 12 weeks of subsidized leave if their child’s school or place of childcare is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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California Expands Job-Protected Leave under its Family Rights Act

California Expands Job-Protected Leave under its Family Rights Act

September 25, 2020 at 8:35 AM - employee policies,

Beginning January 1, 2021, the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) will require businesses with five or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected family care and medical leave annually to eligible employees.

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Updates to California's COVID-19 Safe Reopening Playbook + New FAQS

Updates to California's COVID-19 Safe Reopening Playbook + New FAQS

August 10, 2020 at 4:01 PM - Employment Law,

Since our original post, the State of California has released a revised version of the COVID-19 employer playbook, which is now called the “COVID-19 Employer Playbook: Supporting a Safer Environment for Workers and Customers.” According to this updated guidance:

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