Iowa Department of Education Issues Ruling Stating that IEP Teams May Need to Consider Masks on A Case-by-case Basis for Eligible Students Under the IDEA

By Attorney Miriam Van Heukelem On May 20, 2021, Iowa law was amended to generally prohibit schools from adopting, implementing, or enforcing mask rules for employees, students, or visitors, “unless…required by…any other provision of law.” See Iowa Code § 280.31. No guidance was issued prior to December 1 by the...
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U.S. Court of Appeals Temporarily Halts OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard

By Attorneys Aaron Hilligas, Ann Smisek and Elizabeth Heffernan On Friday, November 12, 2021, the panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit issued a decision temporarily halting enforcement of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) pending adequate judicial review. This decision further ordered that OSHA...
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OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard on Vaccination and Testing

By Attorneys Aaron Hilligas, Ann Smisek and Elizabeth Heffernan On November 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing. The ETS, which takes effect immediately upon publication, puts in place various requirements for employers pertaining to vaccination and...
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U.S. Supreme Court Rules on First Amendment Case Involving Off-Campus Student Speech

By Attorneys Carrie Weber and Elizabeth Heffernan Last week, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Mahanoy Area School District v. Levy, a student free speech case involving important First Amendment issues for school districts. Primarily the case considered whether, and to what extent, public school officials may...
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COVID-19 Vaccinations

By Attorney Lindsay Vaught Now that all adults are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, employers have questions surrounding their legal responsibilities when it comes to employees and vaccination. This Client Alert addresses some frequently asked questions and the current state of administrative guidance in this evolving area. Please note...
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