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New York State Department of Health Regulation Requiring COVID-19 Vaccine for Healthcare Providers Declared Null and Void Because it Conflicts with Public Health Law

On Friday, January 13, 2022, a New York State Supreme Court Judge for Onondaga County struck down the New York State Department of Health regulation mandating certain healthcare professionals be “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, declaring the regulation to be “null, void, and of no effect.”  (Medical Professionals for Informed Consent, et. al. v. Bassett, et... Continue Reading…
January 18, 2023

COVID-19 Restrictions Return for Travelers from China, Hong Kong, Macau

Starting on Jan. 5, 2023, COVID-19 travel restrictions are back for those traveling to the United States from China, Hong Kong, or Macau. Individuals will have to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or of recovery from COVID-19. Restrictions will apply to everyone over the age of 2 boarding a flight from China, Hong Kong,... Continue Reading…
January 4, 2023

U.S. Continues to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Foreign National Air Passengers

While many COVID-19 travel restrictions have been removed, all nonimmigrant foreign nationals continue to be required to present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to board an international flight to the United States. A summary of the COVID-19 vaccination requirements can be found below. Someone is “fully vaccinated”: 14 days after receiving one... Continue Reading…
December 5, 2022

COVID-19 ETS May Be Sunsetting But A New Dawn of a New Permanent Standard is Rising

On December 31, 2022, Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) finally sunset. However, the Standards Board has been working to pass a permanent standard to ensure it is in place before the expiration of the ETS. The Board has announced it will be voting on the permanent standard at its upcoming meeting on December 15th.... Continue Reading…
December 5, 2022

Class Actions Trends Report – Fall 2022

In our latest issue of the Class Action Trends Report, Jackson Lewis attorneys look at the current state of COVID-19-related litigation at this late stage of the global pandemic. Employers have faced more than 5,000 COVID-19-related lawsuits — hundreds of which were brought as putative class or collective actions — and new lawsuits continue to be filed every... Continue Reading…
November 7, 2022

California Department of Public Health Updates Definition of Close Contact

Previously, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) had redefined “close contact’ as someone sharing the same indoor airspace with a person who had COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. This definition had caused issues for employers in particular who needed to comply with notice requirements. These notice... Continue Reading…
October 18, 2022

Challenges to Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Show No Sign of Slowing

Lawsuits opposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates have surpassed the 1,000-complaint mark. The vast majority of these cases (75 percent) have been filed against employers. August 2022 brought the highest number of new complaints challenging employer COVID-19 vaccination requirements since the wave of vaccine mandate litigation began. When legal challenges to COVID-19 vaccine mandates began to rise... Continue Reading…
September 19, 2022

Washington Ending COVID-19 Emergency Proclamations

After more than two and half years, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has announced that he will be ending the COVID-19 state of emergency, effective October 31, 2022.  When that occurs, all remaining state COVID-19 emergency proclamations will end as well. Even after the state of emergency is lifted, the Department of Health’s statewide Face... Continue Reading…
September 15, 2022

CDC’S COVID-19 Guidance Changes… Again

Since March 2020, COVID-19 rules have been confusing at best.  On August 11, 2022, in an effort to streamline the guidance and reflect the current state of the pandemic, the CDC once again issued updated guidance.  The new guidance focuses on individual responsibility and is designed to help the public better understand how to protect themselves... Continue Reading…
August 12, 2022

No Universal Masking Mandate in Los Angeles or Across California

In March 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) dropped universal indoor masking, though masking was still required in certain places. By April 2022, most counties had also ceased universal indoor masking requirements. However, recently, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) stated if the uptick in cases and hospitalizations continued, then... Continue Reading…
July 29, 2022

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