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

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – Broadband


Brian Skinner Broadband, Legislation
Broadband

By Brian Skinner, Esq. After months of discussion, the legislature enacted H.B. 2002, creating a statutory framework to support, encourage, and expedite the expansion of broadband throughout the state. The bill, passed the Senate unanimously and the House with just one dissenting vote, was signed by the Governor on April 28, 2021, and becomes effective …Read More

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – Oil & Gas


Brian Skinner Gas and Oil, Legislation
Oil and gas

By Brian Skinner, Esq. Oil and gas issues were not at the top of the 85th West Virginia Legislature’s agenda during its first regular session. Only one bill directly related to the industry was enacted. Senate Bill 404 amends the Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act by authorizing the state Department of Environmental Protection to …Read More

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – Labor


Brian Skinner Labor, Legislation
Workers

By Brian Skinner, Esq. The 2021 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature saw a continuation Republican supermajority’s efforts to transform the state’s labor laws by passing legislation on the classification of workers, the regulation of contractors, the manner in which public employee union dues may be collected and clarifying that work stoppages by public …Read More

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – Health Care Practitioners


Brian Skinner Health Care, Legislation
Health Care

By Brian Skinner, Esq. In a year where COVID-19 resulted in health care issues dominating the news, the West Virginia Legislature considered several health care related bills including legislation to increase patient access to health care, address the cost of health care, and limit the liability of health care providers for COVID-19 related treatment. This article …Read More

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – Domestic Violence


Brian Skinner Domestic Violence, Legislation
Domestic violence

By Brian Skinner, Esq. The 85th West Virginia Legislature spent little time on domestic violence issues during its first regular session. Although, several bills were introduced to strengthen the state’s response to domestic violence, few received any consideration and only one was enacted. House Bill 2830, passed by the legislature and approved by Governor on …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

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – Women’s Health


Brian Skinner Health Care, Legislation, Women's Health
Women's health

By Brian J. Skinner, Esq. During the 2021 regular legislative session, approximately 19 bills were introduced that would have impacted women’s health, if enacted. While the vast majority of the introduced legislation were related to abortion, three bills, unrelated to abortion, were enacted and are likely to increase women’s access to health care. The first …Read More

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Lawsuit questions if state overrode local control to benefit specific hotel project - WV MetroNews https://wvmetronews.com/2022/01/16/lawsuit-questions-if-state-overrode-local-control-to-benefit-specific-hotel-project/

Session’s First Week Was A Notable One | News, Sports, Jobs - The Intelligencer https://www.theintelligencer.net/opinion/local-columns/2022/01/sessions-first-week-was-a-notable-one/

West Virginia, worst in the nation on bridges, gets $500 million to improve them - WV MetroNews https://wvmetronews.com/2022/01/16/west-virginia-worst-in-the-nation-on-bridges-gets-500-million-to-improve-them/

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