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Shalyn McKitt Shares Insights in AHLA’s Top Ten Issues to Watch in Health Law Article 2022

Shalyn McKitt, attorney in the Birmingham office and member of the Litigation Practice, recently highlighted health care workforce employment law issues to watch this year in the American Health Law Association’s (AHLA) Annual Top Ten Issues in Health Law published in the association’s Health Law Connections magazine on January 1, 2022.

In the article, Shalyn stated that although COVID-19 was unprecedented in 2020, health care employers were forced to adapt and establish a new “normal” with the persistence of the pandemic and the introduction of vaccines in 2021. She addressed the unfortunate truth that COVID-19 will continue affecting the healthcare workforce in 2022 and elaborated on four key issues. 

The primary issues Shalyn identified included vaccine mandates, exposure liability, staffing shortages and whistleblower cases. She shared updates regarding ongoing discussions within the U.S. Supreme Court pertaining to vaccination mandates for healthcare workers and the unique implications these court rulings could have on employers. 

Shalyn is an experienced litigator with a diverse background representing clients in health law, employment law, governmental affairs, administrative law and regulatory matters. 

Prior to joining Balch, Shalyn served as assistant attorney general for the State of Ohio in the Health and Human Services Section, assistant regional counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Region VI and senior legal counsel for a healthcare technology company. She gained extensive courtroom experience with complex healthcare issues during her tenure with the government. 

Shalyn is active in the community, currently serving as Vice Chair of the DRI Young Lawyers Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee, as well as a member of the Alabama State Bar’s Young Lawyers Executive Committee. Additionally, she was recently named to the Alabama State Bar leadership class for 2022.