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The EEOC Issues Clarifying Guidance about COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, December 2020

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its COVID-19 guidance to address workplace issues related to COVID-19 vaccines, including mandatory vaccination policies. According to the EEOC, employers may mandate vaccines, but must attempt to accommodate employees who refuse vaccination because of disability or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Under both exemptions, an employer is required to provide an employee with a reasonable accommodation excusing the vaccination requirement unless the accommodation would pose an undue hardship to the employer...

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Takeaways From 4 NY Virus-Related Tenant Contract Rulings
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, December 2020

Over the past several months, many disputes have arisen over whether the COVID19 pandemic or government responses to it provide, depending on the jurisdiction, an impossibility or impracticability defense for nonperformance under a contract. Now, we are beginning to see a flood of decisions addressing that defense. We previously wrote about two recent decisions from New York that are instructive on the defense of impossibility — the relevant standard under New York law. We opined that these decisions showed it would often be difficult for parties to avoid performance on the ground of impossibility...

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Data Security Law Blog
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, September 2020

DataSecurityLaw.com is the firm’s resource for the latest news, analysis, and thought leadership in the critical area of privacy and cybersecurity law. Patterson Belknap’s Privacy and Data Security practice provides public and private enterprises, their leadership teams and boards with comprehensive services in this critical area. Our team of experienced litigators, corporate advisors and former federal and state prosecutors advises on a broad range of privacy and data protection matters including cyber preparedness and compliance, data breach response, special board and committee representation, internal investigations, and litigation...

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FDA Releases Industry Guidance on Development and Licensure of COVID-19 Vaccines
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, July 2020

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued its Development and Licensure of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19: Guidance for Industry on June 30, 2020.  This nonbinding guidance is intended to remain in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services...

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COVID-19 Update: IRS and DOL Extend COBRA and Other Benefit Plan Deadlines During the Pandemic Outbreak Period
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, May 2020

On April 28, 2020, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of the Treasury (the “Agencies”) signed a joint notification of relief, which was published in the Federal Register on May 4, 2020 (the “Notice”).1 The Notice provides extension of deadlines with respect to certain medical plan enrollments, election periods under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (“COBRA”), COBRA premium payments, COBRA qualifying event notification periods, and certain plan claims, appeals and review periods...

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