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Telebriefs®: United States Department of Health and Human Services Publishes Report on America’s Opioid Misuse and Overdose Crisis

The United States Department of Health and Human Services recently published a report entitled, “Facing Addiction in America – The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids.” The comprehensive 40-page report discusses the national opioid epidemic and its detrimental effects on the population in the United States. In 2016, there were more than 115 American opioid overdose deaths each day and this number is continuing to rise. The report also touches on how employers can be proactive in the workplace so that they can aid employees who may be suffering from the effects of opioid overdose, misuse, or addiction. This includes offering education, support, and treatment benefits for workers. To learn more about the Opioid crisis and its effects on the workplace, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.

You can read the full report here:

Also in this week’s Telebrief: Cert Petitions with employment issues have been filed with the Supreme Court for its consideration for the 2018-2019 term. In addition, the National Labor Relations Board is still in the process of reviewing the email usage case covered in its Purple Communications decision. The Board also proposed a rule related to joint employment. Lastly, the termination of Les Moonves from CBS is discussed.

Questions about Department of Health and Human Services’ Report or other topics from this week’s Telebrief?

Contact Howard Kurman at or 410-209-6417.


About the Telebriefs®

The Telebriefs® are 30-minute, information-packed phone calls geared towards executives, HR directors, supervisors, managers, and business owners. Join Howard K. Kurman, as he discusses employment law developments occurring over the past two weeks that will most significantly impact employers nationwide. These twice-monthly phone calls are an easy way to stay current and compliant with the latest employment law developments that will significantly affect you and your company. The goal is to provide information and insights to help executives stay current with the latest workplace law developments and in front of trends, to enable proactive policy-making and management. Our guarantee: You will learn something useful on every call!

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Howard Kurman | 410-209-6417

Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.





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