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Mandatory Vaccines for Healthcare Workers Put on Pause

December 01, 2021

On Tuesday, November 30, the Western District for Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction against the COVID-19 vaccine mandate issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). South Carolina joined in this lawsuit with thirteen other states (Louisiana, Montana, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio). The Louisiana Court’s injunction prevents CMS from enforcing its vaccine mandate for healthcare workers until the court can hear legal challenges to the CMS mandate.

Environmental, Social and Governance Considerations: The ABCs of ESG

November 17, 2021

Gone are the days where organizations are mechanically evaluated based on balance sheets and book value alone. Tangible assets are now merely a piece of the corporate pie. A well-articulated sustainability plan is a necessary ingredient. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations are the three foundational areas of corporate sustainability. An ESG-centered approach to business considers non-financial factors that nonetheless have financial consequences. ESG companies integrate environmental, ethical and social responsibilities into their business strategies and corporate cultures.     

Update on the Status of OSHA's Vaccine Mandate

November 16, 2021

As of today, OSHA announced that it “has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS [Emergency Temporary Standard] pending future developments in the litigation.” A link to the announcement can be found here. The announcement came in response to the decision from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ordering OSHA to essentially stand down for the time being.

Global Aims for Sustainable Gains: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Part II

November 10, 2021

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have evolved into a gold standard for corporate sustainability. In our recent blog, Global Aims for Sustainable Gains: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Part I, we discussed the origin of the 17 SDGs and why they are relevant and useful to companies operating in the United States.

CMS Issues Emergency Regulation Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations for Health Care Staff

November 05, 2021

On November 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an emergency regulation requiring COVID-19 vaccination of eligible staff at health care facilities that participate in the CMS reimbursement programs. This regulation applies to the following facilities that accept Medicare and/or Medicaid:

Vaccination Requirements Issued for Employers: What Employers in South Carolina Should Know.

November 04, 2021

President Biden recently issued an Executive Order (EO) mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for certain health care workers, federal employees and federal contractors. The Executive Order also mandated that private employers with 100 or more employees must either require their employees to be vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) establishing vaccination requirements for employers with 100 or more employees. Below is an overview of the requirements issued by OSHA in the ETS.

HSB DEI Webinar Series: Supporting Veterans and Reservists in the Workplace

October 28, 2021

The next webinar in our DEI series will focus on what employers can do to create an inclusive and equitable workplace for military veterans.

Global Aims for Sustainable Gains: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Part I

September 24, 2021

Corporate sustainability encompasses a wide range of economic, environmental, and social concerns. As an organization, you may reasonably ask yourself where to start as you endeavor to address this topic. A plan tailored to your business model and industry will help position you for success. Additionally, you should consider widely recognized standards and metrics to enable stakeholders, investors, and existing and prospective customers to evaluate your organization’s sustainability efforts. 
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