October 20, 2021

The New Normal: COVID-19 Digest

2 min

As we slowly reopen office buildings, dive deeper into the school year, and watch as another COVID-19 winter looms, our attorneys and professionals have been analyzing pandemic developments that may impact your business. Explore their insights.


Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks New York Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers Seeking Religious Exemptions

A federal judge in New York ruled last week that, for the time being, health care employers must continue to process employees' requests for religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine. Health care employers subject to the mandate should make certain they have clear policies in place for staff non-compliance, prepare for potential staff shortages, and ensure that they understand the recent ruling's immediate implications for mandating the vaccine where an employee requests a religious exemption.

The New COVID-19 Executive Order Is Not Just for Contractors

When President Biden issued an executive order last month to keep federal contractors safe, the order omitted grants from its applicability. But it uses language similar to that of recent minimum wage executive orders, which include cooperative agreements, and recent government guidance on Biden's contractor safety order lists cooperative agreements as a potentially covered contract.

Court Finds Elevated Risk of COVID-19 Complications Is Not a Covered Disability under Federal Law

Last month, Venable attorneys secured a far-reaching ruling on whether people with an underlying condition that places them at an "elevated risk of complications" from exposure to COVID-19 quality as "disabled," entitling them to job accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

Vaxxed and in Class: A COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate Q&A for Independent Schools

Despite the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, independent schools have seen some positive developments. As independent schools prepared or revisited their existing COVID-19 vaccination policies this fall, Venable attorneys reviewed some common questions in this Q&A.

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