Browsed by
Category: Vaccination Issues

Religious Exemption Guidance from the EEOC

Religious Exemption Guidance from the EEOC

I receive many requests for consultations to help filling out employer religious exemption requests. For many reasons, not the least of which is my litigation work, I don’t offer that service. However, the EEOC publishes some pretty good information about the religious exemptions requirements (and what it does not require), including some information about how far employers can go in questioning the sincerity of the beliefs, and the whole reasonable accommodation issue. If you haven’t seen it, here it is….

Read More Read More

There is more to the Supreme Court’s Decision Not to Hear Maine’s Heathcare Worker’s Vaccine Mandate than the Headline

There is more to the Supreme Court’s Decision Not to Hear Maine’s Heathcare Worker’s Vaccine Mandate than the Headline

On Friday it was widely reported that the Supreme Court decided not to take up an emergency application for a stay of Maine’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, which mandate had a medical but not a religious exemption/accommodation. But, there was actually more going on at the Supremes than the headline indicated, and it is very welcome news for those who believe there is a constitutional right to a religious exemption to a vaccine mandate. The result of course was…

Read More Read More

Breaking News on the Second Circuit’s Review of the NY Department of Health Vaccine Mandate and MORE BREAKING NEWS FROM THE SUPREME COURT

Breaking News on the Second Circuit’s Review of the NY Department of Health Vaccine Mandate and MORE BREAKING NEWS FROM THE SUPREME COURT

As expected, the the Second Circuit has just issued an order reversing the Northern District of New York’s preliminary injunction barring New York from enforcing its COVID vaccine mandate for New York State health care practitioners. It also affirmed the Brooklyn district court’s denial of the preliminary injunction against the same law filed by We the Patriots. All we have so far is the order which says that a decision will be issued “expeditiously.” Here is the order FWIW. 2nd…

Read More Read More

My Prediction about the The Second Circuit’s Oral Argument on the NY Department of Health COVID Vaccine Mandate on Health Care Workers Case

My Prediction about the The Second Circuit’s Oral Argument on the NY Department of Health COVID Vaccine Mandate on Health Care Workers Case

My prediction: 3-0 vote to overturn the Northern District’s preliminary injunction order and affirm the Brooklyn District Court’s denial of a preliminary injunction The scariest moment for Judge Debra Livingston (and maybe the rest of the panel): She asked the We the Patriots Attorney if they ruled that the DOH order violated the free exercise clause because it didn’t allow for a full-on religious exemption, would that mean that all mandatory vaccines which didn’t have a religious exemption would be…

Read More Read More

Do Employees Have a Right to a Religious Exemption from the COVID Vaccine Mandate?

Do Employees Have a Right to a Religious Exemption from the COVID Vaccine Mandate?

Hell if I know, but I think we all might find out soon. Later today, October 27th, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals will decide whether the New York state emergency order which mandated the COVID shot for all state health care workers will go into effect, or whether it will continued to be stayed pending the trial of permanent injunction case. You will recall that a Northern District federal judge granted a TRO and then a preliminary injunction barring…

Read More Read More

Northern District of New York Grants a Preliminary Injunction Against the NY State Emergency Mandatory COVID Vaccination Order with Did Not Contain a Religious Exemption/Accommodation

Northern District of New York Grants a Preliminary Injunction Against the NY State Emergency Mandatory COVID Vaccination Order with Did Not Contain a Religious Exemption/Accommodation

Previously, a Northern Disrict of New York federal district judge issued a TRO against New York State from enforcing its COVID vaccine mandate for all New York state health care workers. The original emergency order issued by the Health Commission had the religious exemption in it, in addition to the medical exemption. But the subsequent order issued by the health department removed the religious exemption. The failure to provide a religious exemption was the basis of the injunction lawsuit. The…

Read More Read More

More Action On the Vaccine Mandate Front including some Good News on the Religious Exemptions/Accommodations

More Action On the Vaccine Mandate Front including some Good News on the Religious Exemptions/Accommodations

It seems like each day brings new lawsuits and/or decisions on the mandatory vaccination issue. Yesterday, the Sixth Circuit denied the Michigan university’s attempt to stay the district court’s preliminary injunction barring the university from denying student athletes from participating in sports activities because they were unvaccinated Here is the decision. 6thcircuit People opposed to mandatory vaccination and in favor of a strong if not absolute right to a religious exemption will be pleased for many reasons. Lawyers in the…

Read More Read More

Next Week We May Actually Know Something about Whether the Religious Accommodation to the Covid Vaccine is Meaningful

Next Week We May Actually Know Something about Whether the Religious Accommodation to the Covid Vaccine is Meaningful

I confess to being alittle confused about the meaning and effect of the religious accommodation to the Covid mandate. Let me start by telling you what I do know and what some of you might not know, appreciate or accept. I don’t care what people call it, it is not an exemption, in the sense that if you get one, you necessarily go back to pre-Covid life at your job. Rather, it is an accommodation which employers have to consider…

Read More Read More

The Second Circuit Grants a TRO until the appeal is heard on October 14th

The Second Circuit Grants a TRO until the appeal is heard on October 14th

The Second Circuit in the We the People health care worker case granted a TRO but it is not a separate or independent TRO. Here is the language of the decision: “Plaintiffs-Appellants move for a temporary injunction pending resolution of this appeal, prohibiting enforcement of New York State’s regulation requiring vaccination of specified healthcare workers. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the motion is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART. See Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo, 141 S….

Read More Read More

The Oral Argument in the We The People Health Care Workers Case is over; decision pending

The Oral Argument in the We The People Health Care Workers Case is over; decision pending

The oral argument in the stay of the New York State regulation mandating Covid vaccination (with no religious exemptions) has just finished. The judges took the case under submission, meaning they will issue a decision sometime in the very near future. (I am thinking by the close of business today, or tomorrow at the latest). I learned a couple of new things: First, there are currently three TROs barring enforcement of the regulation, the Northern District federal case as well…

Read More Read More