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Sep 10, 2021

Federal mandate takes vaccine decision off employers’ hands

Larger U.S. businesses now won’t have to decide whether to require their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Doing so is now federal policy. President Joe Biden announced sweeping new orders Thursday that will require employers with more than 100 workers to mandate immunizations or offer weekly testing. The new rules could affect as many […]

Sep 7, 2021

S.C. Supreme Court rejects Columbia’s school mask mandate

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina’s highest court on Thursday tossed out a school mask mandate in the state’s capital city, saying it contradicts a state budget measure aimed at preventing face covering requirements. State Attorney General Alan Wilson had sued the city of Columbia after its City Council passed the ordinance requiring masks at elementary […]

Sep 2, 2021

S.C. Supreme Court mulls school mask mandate lawsuits

COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in two challenges to a state rule limiting the ability of school districts to require masks for students and educators. South Carolina lawmakers put a requirement in the state budget threatening school districts with withholding state money if they required masks. That provision took […]

Aug 31, 2021

Groups seek immediate halt of S.C. school mask decree ban

Disability rights groups and parents of children with disabilities want an immediate halt to a South Carolina law banning school districts from requiring face masks, as students across the state begin a new school year amid a renewed rise in coronavirus cases. Last week, the groups and parents filed for a temporary restraining order blocking […]

Aug 31, 2021

S.C. Supreme Court prepares to hear 2 mask lawsuits

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina’s highest court will hear two challenges to the state’s refusal to let school districts require masks for students and teachers this week. The state Supreme Court has set aside two hours to hear the cases Tuesday. South Carolina lawmakers passed an item in the state budget in June threatening school […]

Aug 27, 2021

South Carolina reverses, requires masks on school buses

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina students will again be required to wear masks on school buses starting Monday as COVID-19 cases among children and students are rising rapidly and health care workers are increasingly struggling to deal with the crush of unvaccinated patients of all ages. The state Education Department told schools in July […]

Aug 20, 2021

Federal courts impose new COVID-19 restrictions amid surge

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Sigal Chattah goes to federal court to challenge a school mask mandate issued by the governor of Nevada, she’ll likely be required to wear the very thing she’s arguing against: a mask. That’s because U.S. District Court in Las Vegas and other courts where plaintiffs are demanding their freedoms from […]

Aug 18, 2021

Court: USC allowed to mandate masks on campus

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a mask mandate instituted by the University of South Carolina last month does not violate a state budget proviso banning discriminatory face covering requirements. University officials withdrew the mask rule earlier this month after state Attorney General Alan Wilson opined that the mandate […]

Aug 2, 2021

USC mandates masks again as COVID cases rise

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina is requiring students to wear masks indoors this fall as the spread of COVID-19 has sped up across the state. The mask requirement went into effect Friday. School officials cited new federal and state guidance recommending that even the vaccinated should return to wearing face coverings […]

Jun 14, 2021

In-house counsel survey shows increased matters, steady litigation 

A recent survey of senior in-house legal and human resources decision-makers shows that many companies, including law firms, have held steady or seen increased business during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “During the pandemic, much has changed,” said Matt Keen, managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins, which conducted the survey with the BTI Consulting Group. “Employers across the world have[...]

Dec 30, 2020

COVID has estate planning clients confronting mortality

  For estate planning attorneys, 2020 was a year unlike any they have ever seen, from meeting with clients at card tables set up outside of offices to fielding a significant uptick of requests from people who want to get their affairs in order. COVID-19 brought an unprecedented sense of urgency in estate planning, South […]

Nov 18, 2020

Legal Loop: Should you copy clients on emails to opposing counsel?

  As a result of the pandemic, lawyers are working remotely now more than ever before. This means that out of necessity, in-person meetings are far less common during the pandemic, and lawyers are increasingly relying on email to communicate with clients and other attorneys. Of course, email is not an ideal way to communicate […]

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