Issues for Higher Education Institutions to Consider When Implementing a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

As states have opened COVID-19 vaccinations to all individuals 16 and older (and are expanding to age 12 and older, based on the CDC advisory committee’s recent recommendation), institutions of higher education, like many other employers, are considering whether to encourage or possibly mandate their employees to receive a vaccination. Unlike other organizations, institutions of higher education have the added quandary of whether to encourage or mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for students in an effort to return to full in-person instruction.

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Webinar Replay: Mitigating Securities Litigation Risks in the COVID Era: Understanding the Latest Regulatory Guidance and Trends in Shareholder Class Actions, SEC Enforcement Proceedings

A video replay of the COVID-19: Navigating Forward Webinar Series session, “Mitigating Securities Litigation Risks in the COVID Era: Understanding the Latest Regulatory Guidance and Trends in Shareholder Class Actions, SEC Enforcement Proceedings,” is available.

California Mandates Rehiring Laid-Off Employees for Certain Private Sector Employers

In what may be a first in California, the state Legislature recently passed a law that creates unionlike recall rights for employees who work for private sector businesses in certain industries. SB 93, recently signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, requires employers that own or operate an “enterprise” in one of six particular areas to first offer newly opened positions to laid-off employees. That obligation extends until the end of 2024.

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D.C. Circuit Invalidates CDC Eviction Moratorium

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government, along with various states, counties and municipalities, enacted legislation and rules regarding residential evictions. Within the first week of May alone, the laws on eviction moratoriums have been upended in many different directions, and the current status of these laws is unclear at best.

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Considerations and Implications of the Proposed Temporary Waiver of COVID-19 Vaccine-Related Intellectual Property Rights

The World Trade Organization is considering a proposal, advanced by India and South Africa in October 2020, to waive intellectual property rights related to the development of the vaccines against COVID-19 for the duration of the pandemic. The Biden administration has indicated its support.

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Laws and Tax Incentives Fill COVID-19 Paid Leave Void As Vaccinations Increase and More Employers Return to In-Person Work

After the expiration of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and similar state and local measures, many government jurisdictions stepped in to fill the COVID-19 paid leave void left following the expiration of those laws, including employee leave related to COVID-19 vaccination. Philadelphia and Chicago have put into effect ordinances to this end, and the federal government will be providing tax credits to employers who elect to provide paid leave for certain COVID-19-related reasons.

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