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In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, on March 17, 2020, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency charged with enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), issued the Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency (“Guidance”). On March 20, OCR issued supplemental guidance on provision of telehealth services in the form…

March 24 update: Our latest expanded edition covers 39 jurisdictions, answering five common data privacy and security questions employers may have in light of COVID-19. As COVID-19 continues to quickly spread across the globe and has officially been declared a pandemic, many companies are facing difficult business and legal challenges and are required to make some urgent decisions in order to keep their workforce safe and ensure business continuity. Data plays a crucial role in…

Companies are permitting (or requiring) employees to work remotely right now in response to COVID-19 concerns. This decision, calculated to minimize certain risks, presents new and wide-ranging concerns for the protection of trade secrets. In this “temporary” working remotely environment, employees will have considerable opportunity to access, download, or store sensitive information from company systems and databases. Have you vetted these circumstances or otherwise addressed their use? Think – home printers? Cell phones? Tablets? Personal…

Manufacturers are being urged by governments around the world to expand production to include life-saving medical technology to tackle COVID-19. We’ve produced an alert (here) to help guide manufacturers which are new to this space on key legal challenges. As COVID-19 infections increase globally, health systems face a shortage of life-saving equipment and essential supplies to tackle the virus. Until a pharmacological treatment is developed, ventilators are vital treatment for the minority of COVID-19 patients…

In this episode of Connect On Tech, your host Brian Hengesbaugh is joined by Francesca Gaudino, a partner in our Milan office. Francesca reports on the on-the-ground situation in Italy in light of COVID-19 and issues Italian employers are facing. You will learn: If Italian employers can perform temperature checks on employers and visitorsWhat measures can be taken by Italian employers to protect their workforcesActions Italian employers can take if they discover an employer has COVID-19 https://open.spotify.com/episode/5d0lzrq5Rn0MrrUEKYT5ii Related…

With the advent of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, many organizations around the world are undergoing a seismic shift on an accelerated timeline towards telework or remote working for some or all employees. In addition to ensuring that the networks, VPNs, and other IT resources are capable of supporting such a shift, organizations that have not built such teleworking into their disaster preparedness plans should be aware of, and take steps to mitigate, the cybersecurity and…

Many employers in the US are grappling with appropriate efforts to contain and protect the workforce against COVID-19. Those efforts include employee and visitor screening activities that range from requiring all personnel to provide an affirmation upon admission to a worksite to taking vital signs or other hands-on screenings. But are those screening activities lawful under applicable privacy and confidentiality laws in the US? And what should employers do when they have reason to suspect…