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Your Counsel: COVID-19, OSHA and whistleblower complaints

Lawyers tend to limit their practice to a few areas. Nonetheless, people come to us with myriad problems — many of which fall outside our expertise. Through this column, we provide practical information to help you assist those who have ...

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Virus aid, police reform dominate new US laws for 2021

Responses to the coronavirus pandemic and police brutality dominated legislative sessions in 2020, leading to scores of new laws that will take effect in the new year. Virus-related laws include those offering help to essential workers, boosting unemployment benefits and ...

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COVID-19 spikes follow in prisons after inmate transfers

DETROIT — Families of men incarcerated at Michigan’s Kinross Correctional Facility believed its remote location would spare it from a deadly COVID-19 outbreak. For a while, they seemed to be right. Kinross, built on the grounds of a former Air ...

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Ohio judge pulled from cases over coronavirus concerns

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge who failed to adopt written rules for mask wearing and other coronavirus prevention measures has been removed from two cases by the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Although Muskingum County Court ...

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Vaccine injury claims could face bureaucratic ‘black hole’

Lost in the U.S. launch of the coronavirus vaccine is a fact most don’t know when they roll up their sleeves: In rare cases of serious illness from the shots, the injured are blocked from suing and steered instead to ...

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Advocate’s View: Foster care case may affect challenges to COVID restrictions

A little over a month ago, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Fulton challenges a decision by the city of Philadelphia to stop referring foster-care cases to a Catholic foster-care association because ...

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Businesses, lacking legal immunity, fear COVID-19 lawsuits

PORTLAND, Maine — Plans for a lawsuit against a Maine venue that hosted what became a “superspreader” wedding reception underscore the liability risks to small businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic and an uphill push by Republicans in Congress to give ...

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1 in 5 prisoners in the US has had COVID-19; 1,700 have died

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — One in every five state and federal prisoners in the United States has tested positive for the coronavirus, a rate more than four times as high as the general population. In some states, more than half ...

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Tyson facing another lawsuit over employee COVID-19 death

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — The family of a Tyson Foods employee are alleging in a lawsuit that he died from COVID-19 after the meat processing giant failed to implement safety protocols to guard against the coronavirus at the Iowa ...

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10 tips for employers considering a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee has recommended that the FDA approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in the United States under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The question for employers once the vaccine becomes available for ...

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