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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

Can a Judge Require a Defendant to Get Vaccinated? Some are.

The NY Times reported yesterday that a State judge and a Federal Judge made getting a vaccine a requirement to a deal with criminally accused person appearing before them. In the Bronx, State Supreme Court Judge Jeffrey Zimmerman was taking the guilty plea of a man accused of drug crimes, trespass, criminal contempt, and shoplifting. […]

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Constitutional Law

SCOTUS Opinion on COVID Church Restriction is Brief But Says a lot About the Court.

A few days ago, at midnight, the Supreme Court rejected a church’s challenge to California’s COVID-19 restrictions by a 5–4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining what is considered the liberal wing of Breyer, Sotomayor, Ginsburg and Kagan. In a pointed concurring opinion, Roberts chided the conservative wing for trying to override public health […]

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Litigation

What Will Jurors Be Like Post-Covid?

Over the last few days or so, I have seen that lawyers, judges and clients alike are starting to wake up out of their covid-comas and are thinking about getting back to normality – whatever that was – heck, let’s just call it the pre-covid days. More courts are scheduling video or phone conferences; lawyers […]

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Employment Law

Covid-19 Leave:Quick Update

So many of my employment law clients are calling and emailing me questions about their operations and responsibilities during this crisis, I thought I would just put this up for quick access . Disclaimer: This answers only the basics of many questions received regarding amounts of benefits for which employees are eligible to receive under […]

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Employment Law

If Coronavirus Causes Mass Layoffs: NYS and Fed Law May Require Warnings be Issued

 If your company is covered by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, (Federally, you have more than 100 employees, NY you have more than 50 employees) you may have to take certain steps to warn your employees about potential coronavirus-induced layoffs. The federal WARN Act imposes a notice obligation on covered employers (those with […]