In the midst of declining infection rates and increasing debate over mask and vaccine mandates, on February 7, 2022, an Illinois court temporarily enjoined COVID-19 mitigation measure mandates affecting nearly 170 school districts.
On September 29, 2021, NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo released a nine-page memorandum taking the unequivocal position that “certain Players at Academic Institutions” are employees under Section 2(3) of the NLRA.
On August 2, 2021, Denver, Colorado Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced that all city employees, as well as private-sector workers in certain “high-risk” settings, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 30, 2021.
The Puerto Rico Department of Health has issued Administrative Order providing that, in order to physically attend school, post-school educational institutions, or universities, personnel and students age 12 and older must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Governor DeSantis has signed into law SB 2006, preventing business entities from requiring that patrons or customers provide documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery to enter or obtain service from a business in Florida.
The Department of State has issued updated guidance on National Interest Exceptions for certain travelers, which should facilitate more streamlined travel for F-1 and M-1 students and J-1 academics covered by exchange visitor programs.
The NLRB announced that it is withdrawing a proposed rule that would have excluded undergraduate and graduate students at private colleges and universities who perform services in connection with their studies from coverage under the NLRA.
On February 19, 2021, the National Labor Relations Board modified its test for determining whether faculty at private colleges and universities should be excluded as managerial employees from the right to union representation under the NLRA.