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Meg Heiden Quoted in Article on Employer-Mandated COVID Vaccination

Smith Hulsey & Busey shareholder Meg Heiden was quoted in a recent article from McKnight’s Long-Term Care News about new federal guidance on COVID-19 vaccination. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, long-term care providers — such as assisted living or skilled nursing facilities — can require staff to receive the vaccine as a condition of employment.

“Requiring all employees to undergo vaccination may provide peace of mind for long-term care facilities, their residents, and residents’ families and, if such policies become standard across the industry, may create a new standard of care,” Heiden told the publication. “However, employers should take care to implement mandatory vaccination policies carefully to avoid violating state laws on COVID-19 vaccination, as well as state and federal anti-discrimination laws.”

Heiden’s practice focuses on the intersection of healthcare and employment law. With her broad range of healthcare experience, she helps clients avoid or respond to litigation arising from their transactional and healthcare regulatory obligations. Her practical knowledge of the healthcare industry’s nuances allows her to bridge the traditionally siloed litigation, transactional and regulatory practice areas to provide holistic representation that considers all of her clients’ competing priorities.

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