Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s Covid-19 vaccine was cleared for use in children age 12 to 15 in the U.S., paving the way for the mass vaccination of middle- and high-school students before the next school year.
President Joe Biden said that the federal response to complaints from employers of a worker shortage will include a clarification that workers can’t turn down a suitable job offer and still get unemployment benefits.
Civil rights advocates are calling on a U.S. agency to recognize that caste discrimination is illegal under existing federal law, an issue growing more prominent as tech companies are hit with litigation by South Asian workers alleging bias based on social status.
More employers will likely require their workers to be inoculated against Covid-19 once federal regulators upgrade the vaccines from their current approval as emergency products, according to employment lawyers who counsel companies.
Some are skeptical of the technology’s value for patents, and note the potential for thorny legal questions, including issues with securities laws. There is also a concern about more lawsuits from entities that hold a patent but don’t intend to develop it.
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