Legislature authorizes exemptions to employer COVID-19 vaccine mandates


Brian Skinner COVID-19, Employers, Government & Policy, Legislation, Workforce
COVID-19

By Brian Skinner, Esq. Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of vaccines critical to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. After determining the vaccines met applicable statutory standards and the agency’s specific safety and efficacy standards, the FDA issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for the vaccines under Section …Read More

West Virginia and American Rescue Plan Act Funds


Brian Skinner ARPA, Budget, COVID-19, Government & Policy, State Fiscal & Economic Policy

By Brian Skinner, Esq. State governments, including West Virginia, are beginning to receive the first allocations from $193.5 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The ARPA, signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, establishes the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund.  The Fiscal Recovery Funds are intended to provide support to …Read More

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – COVID-19


Brian Skinner COVID-19, Legislation
COVID-19

By Brian Skinner, Esq. As expected, one of the priorities of the Legislature going into the 2021 regular session was addressing the concerns of businesses and health care providers that they were likely to beset by a wave of pandemic-related lawsuits seeking to blame them for customer, patient, or employee exposure to COVID-19. In response …Read More

Report recommends states eliminate regulations on telehealth and on methadone and buprenorphine that are more restrictive than federal guidelines.


Brian Skinner COVID-19, Medication-Assisted Treatment, Opioid Drug Crisis

By Brian Skinner, Esq. A new report from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offers recommendations aimed at federal, state, and local policymakers to address the opioid epidemic during the pandemic, which has seen sharp increases in fatal and nonfatal overdoses. The report “Saving Lives From Overdose During a Pandemic” draws from …Read More

Offsetting Funeral Costs During the Pandemic – A Program WV Should Consider


Brian Skinner COVID-19, Government & Policy

By Brian Skinner, Esq. Many West Virginia families face difficult choices due to the health and economic pressures created by the pandemic. The isolation, loss of employment and impact to everyday activities has been overwhelming for many, and for families who have suffered the death of a family member during this pandemic, the impact is even greater.  …Read More

Crisis Looms as Federal Eviction Moratorium is Under Assault


Brian Skinner COVID-19, Evictions, Housing

By Brian Skinner, Esq. A story in today’s Washington Post reports that landlords, apartment owners and housing industry groups have unleashed a barrage of legal challenges against the Trump administration’s order protecting renters from eviction, leaving millions of families once again facing the risk of homelessness in the middle of a deadly pandemic.  On a …Read More

865,000 women leave the workforce last month.


Brian Skinner COVID-19, Economy

The Lilly — Soo Youn — October 7, 2020 Jenai A. Rossow was working full time at a county clinic near Ithaca, N.Y., when shelter-in-place orders forced the first overhaul of her work life. The mother of two and social worker was able to use paid emergency leave as schools and day cares shut down. …Read More

The Federal Government Releases Tips For Secure Teleworking


Brian Skinner COVID-19, Information Technology, Workforce

  Route Fifty — By Aaron Boyd, Senior Editor, Nextgov — October 5, 2020 The mass teleworking required by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is creating new cybersecurity vulnerabilities and exacerbating old ones. In response, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a quick guide to help organizations address these issues at every level. The guide is broken into …Read More

Contact Tracing in the Workplace


Brian Skinner Contact tracing, COVID-19

  By Brian Skinner, Esq. We are all now acutely aware that COVID-19 is a highly contagious and potentially fatal virus that disproportionately impacts persons, and particularly older adults, with preexisting conditions and weakened immune systems. As businesses begin to reopen, both employers and their employees have concerns about the potential risks involved in returning …Read More

From Senior Stop to spacious center – Senior Life Services celebrates 50 years – The Morgan Messenger https://www.morganmessenger.com/2021/11/24/from-senior-stop-to-spacious-center-senior-life-services-celebrates-50-years/

Feds Begin Distributing $7.5B to Rural Health Providers - Route Fifty https://www.route-fifty.com/health-human-services/2021/11/federal-government-begins-distributing-75b-rural-health-providers/187069/

Series of virtual town halls on WV Substance Use Response Plan reaches halfway point - WV MetroNews https://wvmetronews.com/2021/11/23/series-of-virtual-town-halls-on-wv-substance-use-response-plan-reaches-halfway-point/

Huntington City Council shows support of county harm reduction program https://www.wsaz.com/2021/11/23/huntington-city-council-shows-support-county-harm-reduction-program/

Mon Power/Potomac Edison plan five solar plants to produce 50 mw of power; largest would be in Mon County - Dominion Post https://www.dominionpost.com/2021/11/22/mon-power-potomac-edison-plan-five-solar-plants-to-produce-50-mw-of-power-largest-would-be-in-mon-county/

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