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US Business Insurer Begins Excluding Coverage for Ebola Related Claims
By Mike Fant | Posted On: 2014‑10‑30
Waller | category: Insurance
Frequently Asked Questions: Employee Discipline
By Waverly Crenshaw | Posted On: 2014‑10‑30
Waller | category: Labor & Employment
Frequently Asked Questions: Discrimination and Harassment
By Jeb Gerth | Posted On: 2014‑10‑30
Waller | category: Labor & Employment
UPDATE - When an Employee Voluntarily Travels to West Africa
By Mark Peters | Posted On: 2014‑10‑30
Waller | category: Labor & Employment
Frequently Asked Questions on Occupational Safety and Health Administration
By Brian Pierce | Posted On: 2014‑10‑30
Waller | category: Labor & Employment
Charitable Contributions in the Fight Against Ebola
By Leigh Griffith, Jon Gaston | Posted On: 2014‑10‑28
As Ebola appears poised to spread across the globe, many companies and individuals may wish to donate cash, securities, or tangible personal property to assist in the effort to stop the epidemic for worsening and/or to assist those individuals infected with Ebola, the families of such individuals, and/or the healthcare workers battling the virus on the front line.
Waller | category: Compliance & Operations
Interim U.S. Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Potential Ebola Virus Exposure
By CDC | Posted On: 2014‑10‑28
The Centers for Disease Control announced new monitoring guidelines for individuals arriving from West Africa.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention | category: external
FAQs on Environmental / Health & Safety Issues
By Ed Callaway, Rebecca Pritchett, Lauran Sturm | Posted On: 2014‑10‑27
Waller | category: Compliance & Operations
UPDATE - Can we discipline employees who falsely claim or suggest that they have been exposed to Ebola?
By Waverly Crenshaw | Posted On: 2014‑10‑23
Update to the FAQs on Employee Discipline post
Waller | category: Labor & Employment
Can an Epidemic Make Contractual Obligations Impracticable? The Potential Viability of Ebola-Related Defenses to Contract Enforcement
By Mike Fant, Chris Driskill | Posted On: 2014‑10‑23
What happens when a party to a contract asserts an inability to perform based on circumstances beyond its control? An Ebola outbreak, or even a single case, could make it difficult for healthcare providers to meet contractual obligations.
Waller | category: Litigation
Ebola Fears Offer Opportunities to Build Trust
By James Weaver, Nicole Cottrill (guest author) | Posted On: 2014‑10‑23
Ebola has arrived in the United States. Not so much as the long-dreaded pandemic, but as a perception of vulnerability and unpreparedness that incubates a real sense of fear among the our citizens generally, and healthcare professionals specifically.
Waller | category: Compliance & Operations
Economic and Insurance Risk Considerations for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers in Dealing with Ebola - Part One
By Robb Harvey, Neil Krugman, Mark Bell | Posted On: 2014‑10‑22
...hospitals and other medical facilities are facing a series of economic challenges - from educating personnel, to training staff, to alerting emergency personnel coming into contact with potential Ebola patients, to setting up quarantine units, to dealing with an occasional scare to, in the rare instance, actually dealing with a case of Ebola.
Waller | category: Insurance
CDC Announces Active Post-Arrival Monitoring for Travelers from Impacted Countries
By CDC | Posted On: 2014‑10‑22
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that public health authorities will begin active post-arrival monitoring of travelers whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | category: external
Can the Federal Government Impose Quarantines and Isolation?
By Bill Athanas, Charles Prueter (guest author) | Posted On: 2014‑10‑20
If, however, Ebola becomes a pandemic, it is possible that concerns associated with quarantining and isolating patients would arise. Here we explore the federal government's ability to impose quarantines and isolation, particularly in the face of an Ebola outbreak.
Waller | category: Litigation
Americans with Disabilities Act
By Chen Ni | Posted On: 2014‑10‑20
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employment discrimination against individuals with disabilities, and employers could be exposed to claims of disability discrimination if they require employees to take leave because of a perceived risk of having contracted Ebola, i.e., limited contact with infected individuals, or travel to West Africa.
Waller | category: Labor & Employment
Family and Medical Leave Act
By Mark Peters, Chen Ni | Posted On: 2014‑10‑20
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave "to care for the employee's spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition."
Waller | category: Labor & Employment
Workers' Compensation for those Who Contracted Ebola
By Mark Peters, Chen Ni | Posted On: 2014‑10‑20
...non-healthcare employees who are infected by a co-worker may have a more difficult time establishing eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits even though the illness occurred at the workplace and during work hours because Ebola is not “peculiar” to the non-healthcare occupation.
Waller | category: Labor & Employment
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Links To Relevant Agencies

American Academy of Pediatrics
An organization of 62,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Ebola Outbreak [American Academy of Pediatrics]
Ebola Preparedness Resources
American Hospital Association (AHA) advisory page
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information and training for the health care community to ensure that all health care workers (including hospital workers, physician groups, and emergency medical technicians) are able to detect and respond to the Ebola virus, as well as protect themselves and others from it.
Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness [CDC]
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Federal Aviation Administration
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Employer Steps to Protect Workers [IDSA]
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
World Health Organization (WHO)
CMS Survey & Certification Letter