Federal Vaccine Mandate Looming: Employer FAQs


On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced his administration is taking several new steps to get more Americans vaccinated. Two of these moves have already been implemented as of early September: first, the President signed an executive order mandating vaccines for federal employees. That same day, he entered an executive order mandating vaccines for workers in most healthcare settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement. The latter applies to hospitals, ambulatory surgical settings, home health agencies and more. The third action item, and the one creating perhaps the most controversy, is one that has not taken effect yet but has merely been proposed by the President: a vaccine mandate for many private employers. The mandate is expected to come in the form of an emergency temporary regulation issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”), much like what OSHA has already issued with respect to employers in the healthcare […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Eviction Ban: What it Means for Tennessee Landlords


The Supreme Court of the United States has struck down the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) ban on residential evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The eviction ban (sometimes called a “moratorium”) started back in March of 2020 when Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Congress voted to extend the moratorium once in January of 2021, but then let it expire by its own terms. The executive branch then took matters into its own hands. The CDC issued its own eviction ban, which it continued to extend well into 2021. The CDC’s ban applied to all residential tenancies, unlike the ban passed by Congress which was narrower because it only applied to properties that were supported by government funds (i.e. had a loan backed by Housing and Urban Development, or “HUD”). The CDC also imposed criminal penalties on landlords who violated its moratorium. According to documents filed […]

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