Questions tagged [covid-19]

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How to force a UK company General Meeting to be held

Because of Covid-19 lockdown, the UK government passed emergency legislation in 2020 to allow companies to hold virtual general meetings and vote electronically. The Annual General Meeting is required ...
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Does it violate HIPAA to ask if employees are vaccinated? [duplicate]

My new company requires their employees to wear a mask if they are not vaccinated from COVID-19. When I came in for my first day, earlier this week, I saw some people not wearing a mask, and I asked ...
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Can you be sued for getting COVID-19?

A contractor that we do a lot of work for has recently told all subcontractors that if an employee of any subcontractor gets COVID and gives it to any other worker on the job site they will be sued. ...
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EU privacy and data protection law for small WhatsApp group

We have created a small WhatsApp group to feed poor people and street children who are Covid affected in India. We are people from the EU, US, Australia and even from India. Members want transparency ...
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At what point does a bunch of ingredients become a medicine?

In most if not all countries it is illegal to sell unlicensed medicines and medical treatments. It is however legal to sell the reagents, equipment and instructions to individuals for them to create ...
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When can a customer be denied service for not wearing a (COVID) mask, considering medical exceptions?

I work in a retail liquor store. We require customers to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID19. Technically speaking is wearing masks a law, a health order or the store policy as a result of the ...
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Mask mandate for unvaccinated employees and privacy

Is it legal for an employer such as a public school (in the US) to impose a mask mandate on only unvaccinated employees, or would that be a violation of those employees ADA or HIPPA rights? It seems ...
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When, if ever, did the United States governemnt declare the Coronovirus to be a “Natural Disaster”?

For the purposes of this post, I do not care when infection rates from the coronavirus (COVID-19) took off in reality. I am interested in the legal abstraction of when the United States federal ...
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Does a store have to hire someone with conflicting views on the pandemic?

Suppose a store is considering an employee for hire when a social media review finds views that conflict with both prevailing governmental advice as well as the views of management. If the discovery ...
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How is 'severe distress' defined in UK Coronavirus regulations?

The The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020, Part 2, Regulation 3 states: (1) No person may, without reasonable excuse, enter or ...
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Governor signs executive order that bans mandated use of Covid-19 vaccine passports

Florida Governor signs executive order that bans mandated use of Covid-19 vaccine passports. The Order, effective immediately, says vaccines are available but not mandated in the state and cites ...
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What activities will require an Excelsior covid pass?

NY's website and re-opening plan is difficult for me to understand, and the website is very opaque. What sorts of activities will require an Excelsior pass or recent negative covid test, and will ...
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Harassment in Pandemic

What is the legal term (so that the relevant statute can be looked up) for when someone follows you around with the intent of harassing you and does not maintain 6ft social distancing for coronavirus ...
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What prevents an employer from mandating vaccination?

IANAL: Would said requirement need to be found unconstitutional in order to prevent mandating vaccine in prisons, where prisoners are literally a captive audience? The two stakeholders comprise at ...
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End of tenancy and COVID notice period

I'm in England, UK. I own a flat which I rent out, and live elsewhere with my girlfriend. We broke up and I need to go back to my flat. Under COVID law, I need to give 6 months' notice to my tenants, ...
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Is the New Jersey quarantine rule a legal requirement or merely a recommendation?

According to the official New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub as of March 8, 2021 (emphasis in original), Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate ...
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Must all COVID-19 tests be fully reimbursed by health insurances in California, United States?

I read on one of the COVID-19 testing websites (https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/covid19-testing.aspx but the following text can only be viewed but booking an appointment) [emphasis is mine]:...
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UK - Early termination of Assured Shorthold Tenancy, but impossible to find new tenant

I am renting a flat in the UK, on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy without a break clause. The property is managed by an estate agency. I need to leave 7 months earlier than agreed. I gave notice to the ...
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Can I visit my partner, according to current restrictions in the UK?

I currently live 10+ miles apart from my partner. I do not go indoors with them, I as I walk around their neighbourhood and chat with them, all the while wearing a mask and attempting to keep distance ...
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Can insurance companies in the US give a premium discount to people who get a COVID-19 vaccine?

There is abundant evidence that many COVID-19 vaccines, e.g. from Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca-Oxford etc., dramatically reduce morbidity and mortality. They thus reduce costs to medical insurance ...
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Can a UK employer legally require someone to stay home if they pose a significant risk of harm to others?

I'm thinking of this in the context of the current debate about coronavirus vaccine certificates, but I think the question is wider and I don't want to limit it to just that. Suppose an existing long ...
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Are Ontario municipalities allowed to stop issuing marriage licenses during COVID-19?

Some Ontario cities, such as Waterloo say on their website: "Due to COVID-19, marriage licences will be suspended until further notice." Here is a screenshot, in case the website changes. ...
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Is it necessary for both the divorced parents to consent for their younger than 12 years old kid to wear face mask or get tested for COVID-19?

I guess there is some consent needed since the kid is younger that 12 years old. But is it necessary for both the parents to consent? Does the opinion of the kid also count? More specifically I would ...
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Non FDA approved Covid vaccine required by employer

Can an employer legally require employees to get the NON FDA approved covid vaccine or be terminated? Where is the legal information on this? The concern is it being non FDA approved and requiring it. ...
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How does the federal mask mandate end?

I had thought that President Biden was only going to issue a mask mandate that lasted 100 days, President-elect Joe Biden, who plans to make the coronavirus pandemic his top priority, will begin his ...
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Frustration of Tenancy Agreement (Covid-19) [closed]

My daughter is out of the country for about 6 weeks returning Feb 10 at which time she will be required to quarantine for 14 days, not allowed to leave her suite or permit anyone entering. Her 1 ...
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Being Billed for Services Not Rendered During Lockdown (UK, 2020)

My accommodation for the 2019/20 academic year included certain housekeeping benefits---these are in-built into the price, not billed separately. The exactly details are not so important, but the UK ...
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Are hot drinks legally classed as a picnic in the UK?

Recently, two women going for a walk in the UK were told by the police that the hot drinks they brought with them were classed as a picnic (note that going for a picnic is illegal in the current ...
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Are property managers of rented properties obligated to wear face masks when interacting with residents?

Asking this for my sibling: "I am currently living in Oakland and am living with a chronic health conditions that puts me at greater risk of complications from COVID. My property manager doesn’t ...
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Under the England and Wales Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, can a police officer enter a house without a warrant?

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 As the title asks. It's such intense legalese that I can't get my head around it!
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If I warn British Airways that carrying me would break government orders, would they have any legal obligation to serve me a banning notice+refund?

I am not allowed to travel from London to my mum in Inverness for Christmas by UK government order (see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home): "If you live in a Tier 4 area, you must ...
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What happens when a state loses so many people that they *have* to give up a house seat and electoral college vote? Who becomes the unlucky loser?

How does one determine who gets "fired" after a mass exodus or catastrophic event that leads to the departure or death of a sizeable portion of people in states that have several ...
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Are UK Tier 4 rules law?

In spite of recent communication from the Government, I have not seen any statutory instruments pass Parliament referencing Tier 4. Some speculation implies a vote will take place in January, but as ...
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Enforcement of Vermont's Quarantine Restrictions [closed]

I am wondering if anyone has some insight into any enforcement or penalties that may be levied against someone who is caught breaking Vermont's cross-state-travel COVID guidelines, or against someone ...
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Civil redress for having acquired a disease

Are there any tested (i.e., upheld by previous court decisions) avenues for a person (or class of persons) to seek compensation or redress in the United States for having acquired a disease when they ...
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Can someone face legal consequences for infecting someone else with COVID due to not following COVID regulations?

Jurisdiction is Belgium. Suppose a college student goes to an illegal student party and catches COVID there. He doesn't get caught by the police, he has no symptoms and he then doesn't self-isolate ...
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Does the Swedish constitution limit the government’s powers to impose lockdown, more than constitutions of other comparable countries?

As is widely known, Sweden’s coronavirus response has been an outlier in several ways. One point, in particular, is that many measures are just issued as recommendations to the public, rather than ...
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Music in private online social gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic

Me and a small group of friends (10 people) are going to have a party. Normally, we would meet each other at someones home. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everybody will stay at their own ...
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What are the rules and laws for guards and loss prevention in NYC during Covid-19 in NYC?

What are the rules and laws for guards and loss prevention in NYC during Covid-19 in NYC? I've read that security guards and loss prevention are not allowed to detain people, essentially false ...
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Is it legal for a private school to make COVID testing mandatory?

The CDC writes: It is unethical and illegal to test someone who does not want to be tested, including students whose parents or guardians do not want them to be tested. I presume its not talking ...
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Intentional covid transmission - attempted murder?

This was mentioned in comments under Criminal transmission of COVID-19? Knowingly exposing vulnerable individuals however, my question involves UK law and a more direct, intentional act that could not ...
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Has a pedestrian ever been fined for not wearing a mask in California?

California has a statewide mask order. However, I see people violating it all the time: pedestrians getting closer than 6 feet to each other while not wearing masks. (Occasionally, I also see people ...
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What authority do governors exercise to impose mask mandates?

Context: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wisconsins-covid-19-outbreak-continues-grow/story?id=73429395&cid=clicksource_4380645_4_heads_hero_live_headlines_hed I come from a scientific background (...
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Can my landlord ask for a fee for a non-executed lease?

In my lease, my landlord stipulated that on or before March 1st, he was going to email us a new lease (presumably for the next year), and we had to respond within 5 days whether or not we accepted ...
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Is it fraud to receive coronavirus mortgage relief when you left your job for non-COVID reasons, such as a divorce?

A person quits their job non-COVID related reasons. The person moves out of the state and abandoned the home. During that time, this person makes a request to receive COVID relief on their mortgage. ...
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Consecutive FFCRA Leave

In the United States the FFCRA act provides employees paid sick leave if they become sick with COVID-19, are seeking a diagnosis, or have been ordered to quarantine by a medical professional. The act ...
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Could Trump be charged with a criminal offense for his actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Recently Carl Bernstein called Donald Trump a "homicidal President": We are witnessing a homicidal president convening ― purposefully ― a homicidal assembly to help him get re-elected as ...
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After exchange of contracts in property purchase, what happens if someone has COVID-19 on the completion date?

Say I am selling my home to a buyer and also purchasing a house from someone, and the chain of sales goes no further than this (for the sake of simplicity). All house sales are in the UK, where you ...
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Working 60% hours, via UK furlough scheme. How does this apply to weeks with a bank holiday?

I'm on partial furlough, working 60% hours, with the gov. furlough scheme paying the fourth day. Next week has a bank holiday Monday. Should I still work 3 days that week, with Monday and Friday as ...
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How is the right to “speedy trial” being protected during pandemic?

The right of a person accused of a crime to a "speedy trial" is widely considered a fundamental human right. It is enumerated in a number of government constitutions. However during the ...