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Attorneys to disuss madating vaccines in the workplace

The Practising Law Institute (PLI) will present “Mandating COVID-19 Tests and Vaccines in the Workplace: Legal Issues and Liability Risks to Consider ” as a live webcast on Monday, January 11, beginning at 1 p.m.

With the second wave of COVID-19 rampantly spreading across the country, testing has become more important than ever.  The news that two vaccines—from Pfizer and Moderna—are ahead of schedule is encouraging.  With a roll out of a vaccine imminent, employers may seek to require employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine and consider any liability risks for employers in mandating vaccinations and testing for employees.

Certain people, such as health care professionals, are required to get flu shots and other vaccines in many states.  However, these are not required for most professionals.  Will there be a dramatic shift in vaccination and testing requirements affecting many more professions, given the disruption that the pandemic has caused?  What if employees request a religious or health exemption?

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP employment litigation partners Mark W. Lerner and Jessica Taub Rosenberg, who continue to provide strategic guidance on COVID-19 issues to clients, will lead a presentation where they will discuss:

• Legal issues to consider when deciding whether to mandate testing and vaccines.

• Workplace protocols in reporting results.

• Policy considerations for employees with religious or medical exemptions.

• How to address liability risks that may arise with mandating internal testing and vaccinations.

Course materials will be available to attendees prior to the start of the program. Cost for the webcast is $129. To register or for additional information, visit www.pli.edu and click on “programs.”


Virtual luncheon to explore ‘Economics of Intellectual Property’

The Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) will host a virtual luncheon meeting on Tuesday, January 19, from 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom.

At the online program, Dr. Andrew M. Malec, partner & managing director at O’Keefe, and Anson E. Smuts, director & senior economist at O’Keefe, will present a webinar on the “Economics of Intellectual Property.”  Malec and Smuts will discuss how to monetize and protect the value of intellectual property, the derivation of royalty rates, intellectual property valuation considerations, and economic damage remedies.

Malec is the practice leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and is also the firm’s chief economist.

Smuts utilizes his knowledge of accounting and finance principles, mergers and acquisitions, business valuation, intellectual property, and data analysis to identify strategies for business growth and development.

Those interested in attending the virtual luncheon should email Andrea Arndt at AArndt@dickinsonwright.com by January 12 and she will send a link to the meeting a few hours before the meeting starts.

For additional information, visit http://mipla.org.


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