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A recent analysis conducted by Goldman Sachs estimated that at least 169 separate industries have been impacted by the global shortage of microchips ranging from consumer electronics to automobiles.  Although the automotive industry is seeing short-term disruptions, expect automotive manufacturers to push full steam ahead with plans for electrification and bringing high-technology capabilities to near and mid-term models. Few industries have been impacted as severely by the global microchip shortage as the automotive industry, which…
On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced plans for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an “Emergency Temporary Standard” (ETS) mandating that all employers with more than 100 employees ensure their workers are either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or produce, on a weekly basis, a negative COVID test. This came in the wake of the president’s issuance of two executive orders mandating vaccination for all executive branch employees and requiring vaccination…
As you undoubtedly know, there has been an enormous amount of media attention given to the recent efforts by the Governor of Texas to prohibit COVID vaccine mandates in Texas.  As could be expected, we have received a number of inquiries from clients who are anxious for guidance regarding just how their businesses could be impacted.  The Foley Government Solutions Practice Group has been closely monitoring the situation, and has provided the following summary. Federal…
In a recent episode of the Virtual Care Paradigm, Nathaniel Lacktman, Chair of Foley’s Telemedicine & Digital Health Industry Team, met with reporter Kat Jercich, Senior Editor of Healthcare IT News. They discussed Lacktman’s philosophy on how regulation can be used to facilitate, rather than stifle, innovation in telemedicine and digital health. He also shared ideas on how entrepreneurs can keep pace with the changes to come.  When asked what lessons the industry can…
First off, the good news: I was able to buy a new bicycle.  This is a tremendous accomplishment since the supply chain for bicycles has been difficult, to say the least, for a long time.  We even talked about it here on the Dashboard almost six months ago.  But, the bad news: I got lucky. My attempts to get a new two-wheeled ride became almost a 24/7 job and I was more or less lucky…
The New York Times reported that the El Salvador head of the commerce chamber Jorge Hasbún said that “We all understand that cryptocurrency is the future, but you can’t foster it by forcing everyone to use it,…” The October 7, 2021 article entitled “Bitcoin Preaches Financial Liberty. A Strongman Is Testing That Promise” included these comments: As cryptocurrency enters global finance, an experiment in El Salvador could offer clues on whether it…
This report helps automotive suppliers inform their legal and operational decisions to help address challenges and opportunities. Contact your Foley relationship partner, or John R. Trentacosta or Ann Marie Uetz, to follow up. Key developments U.S. new light-vehicle sales in September are forecast to reach a SAAR of 12.2 million units, according to estimates from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive and Cox Automotive. Toyota’s third-quarter U.S. sales volumes surpassed GM for the second…
The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance on the applicability of HIPAA to COVID-19 vaccination information, directly addressing a number of misconceptions about when HIPAA does, or does not, regulate disclosures of an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status. Here are five key takeaways from the guidance. “The Privacy Rule does not prohibit any person (e.g., an individual or an entity such as a business), including HIPAA covered entities and business associates, from…
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently extended its Form I-9 temporary flexibility procedures for deferring physical inspection of documents. DHS first implemented these flexibility procedures at the start of the pandemic and has granted multiple, brief extensions. Under DHS’s most recent extension, the flexibility procedures will be in effect through December 31, 2021. DHS also expanded the circumstances in which employers may rely on these procedures to complete the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.…
This past July 29, while employers were grappling with complicated COVID-related questions such as when to reopen offices and whether to impose employee vaccine mandates, an amendment to the New York City Fair Chance Act (NYFCA) became effective and significantly extended the Act’s protections for employees and applicants with criminal histories. The New York City Commission on Human Rights also issued specific guidance on the NYFCA and these amendments in the summer. We first reported