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Brian Mullin and Sherelle Wu Write “Can Higher Education Institutions Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines for Employees?” for the New England Board of Higher Education

The New England Board of Higher Education has published “Can Higher Education Institutions Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines for Employees?” by Brian Mullin and Sherelle Wu. As more COVID-19 vaccines get approved, higher education institutions should prepare for how they will handle vaccination on their campuses if they have not already done so. Brian and Sherelle discuss if higher education institutions can mandate COVID-19 vaccines for their employees and what to do if an employee requests an exemption.

Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), employers have an obligation to provide a safe workplace free from serious recognized hazards and should do their part to encourage compliance with governmental health and safety guidelines.

In practice, however, HEIs should be aware that staff may be entitled to medical exemptions under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and religious exemptions under Title VII. Institutions should have a uniform policy for staff to apply for such exemptions.

Continue reading “Can Higher Education Institutions Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines for Employees?” on the New England Board of Higher Education website.

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Brian J. Mullin

Brian Mullin is a labor and employment lawyer, helping employers with difficult employment law issues, particularly in the healthcare, hospitality, financial services, manufacturing, retailing and higher education sectors in Massachusetts.  Brian regularly counsels management-side clients facing compliance with complex regulations and, when necessary, represents them in wage-and-hour disputes, class action and other litigation before state and federal courts, arbitrators and various state and federal agencies.  He has years of experience with:

  • Discrimination and wrongful termination claims
  • Contract disputes, wage-and-hour complaints and unpaid wages and benefits
  • Investigations of workplace issues before the Attorney General and OSHA
  • Non-competition and protection of trade secrets
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  • Drug and alcohol policies and enforcement
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Sherelle Wu

Sherelle Wu is an Associate in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Area. Her background specializes in employment and higher education issues such as employment discrimination, employee classification, wage and hour, noncompetition, and Title IX.

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Brian J. Mullin

Brian Mullin is a labor and employment lawyer, helping employers with difficult employment law issues, particularly in the healthcare, hospitality, financial services, manufacturing, retailing and higher education sectors in Massachusetts.  Brian regularly counsels management-side clients facing compliance with complex regulations and, when necessary, represents them in wage-and-hour disputes, class action and other litigation before state and federal courts, arbitrators and various state and federal agencies.  He has years of experience with:

  • Discrimination and wrongful termination claims
  • Contract disputes, wage-and-hour complaints and unpaid wages and benefits
  • Investigations of workplace issues before the Attorney General and OSHA
  • Non-competition and protection of trade secrets
  • Union organization
  • Grievances and arbitration
  • Drug and alcohol policies and enforcement
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Sherelle Wu

Sherelle Wu is an Associate in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Area. Her background specializes in employment and higher education issues such as employment discrimination, employee classification, wage and hour, noncompetition, and Title IX.

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