On July 1, 2021, South Dakota Codified Law 53-9-11.1 went into effect. The new law prohibits the inclusion of non-compete clauses in employment contracts, partnership contracts, or any other contracts for professional relationships for physicians, physician assistants, certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses.…
On June 21, 2021, OSHA adopted its COVID Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for healthcare workplaces. The standard makes a requirement out of what most healthcare providers are already doing—physical distancing, PPE, sanitization, patient screening, etc. However, there are a few additional things that employers may need to add to their regimen and—most notably—they needed to have the whole process in a written (if >10 employees) COVID emergency plan, which was to be in place and…
Almost a year has passed since the Midwest began feeling the impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus. In the second week of March 2020, dozens of states and local governments began enacting shelter-in-place orders and other restrictive measures. Flash forward two months and students, teachers and parents alike faced horrible disappointment as commencement ceremonies were postponed or cancelled. Millions of cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths have been reported nationwide. While there is no…
Twas two weeks before Christmas and all through the country, stressful holiday plans affected all and sundry. As we turned off Netflix from the comfort of our beds, visions of Christmases past danced through our heads. Big family gatherings, workplace potlucks, ugly sweater parties with friends—would we ever return to those treasured times? Would COVID ever end? Lysoled stockings were hung (six feet apart) by the chimney with care, in hopes that a vaccine soon…
More than six months have passed since the Midwest began feeling the impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus. In the second week of March, dozens of states and local governments began enacting shelter-in-place orders and other restrictive measures. Flash forward two months and students, teachers and parents alike faced horrible disappointment as commencement ceremonies were postponed or cancelled. As of October 22, 2020, 8,378,569 cases and 222,157 deaths have been reported nationwide. While there is…
It is officially holiday season and any HR employee will likely tell you it is not the most wonderful time of the year for them. Time off requests for holiday gatherings, cold and flu season in full swing and navigating the sometimes-treacherous waters of a company party all make for a stressful time of year for human resources folks. Add in a global pandemic, and I’m sure some are highly considering spiking that eggnog. Now…
More than six months have passed since the Midwest began feeling the impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus. In the second week of March, dozens of states and local governments began enacting shelter-in-place orders and other restrictive measures. Flash forward two months and students, teachers and parents alike faced horrible disappointment as commencement ceremonies were postponed or cancelled. As of October 22, 2020, 8,378,569 cases and 222,157 deaths have been reported nationwide. While there is…
Considerations for Employers Policing Social Media Two things are eminently clear as the 2020 election season ramps up—1) everyone has an opinion, and 2) they are not shy about sharing it. So, what is an employer to do when an employee likes or shares an inflammatory article on Facebook or uses his 140 characters on Twitter to start a battle with a local government candidate? Is the employee’s speech protected? Does the National Labor Relations…