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On March 1, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued guidance recommending that colleges and universities consider asking foreign exchange students in the United States to return to their home countries, and consider asking American students studying abroad to return home. Sara Schwartz was quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article “CDC to Colleges: 'Consider' Canceling Exchange Programs” on March 3, 2020.
“My takeaway from the CDC guidance is that every educational institution, whether it is an independent school or a higher ed entity, needs to take seriously the mandate to ‘consider,’” said Schwartz, whose firm represents more than 250 educational institutions. “I think prior to this guidance, we had a lot of flexibility from a risk-management perspective, but the guidance increases the institutional risk of proceeding with these programs. The CDC is saying you better think twice.”
"I’m telling all my schools that this is day to day," said Schwartz. "If they want to keep going on their trips, they can. There's an increased risk from a liability perspective, but they can keep going. They have a green light as long as it’s a level 1 country. But it's riskier. But it’s day to day."
Read the complete article on the Inside Higher Ed website
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In an article published February 6, 2020 by Mass Lawyers Weekly, Schwartz Hannum PC Of Counsel Kirsten B. White discusses an anticipated labor law development expected to make it easier for employers to stamp out harassing, vulgar and offensive workplace language, even if used in conjunction with conduct protected by the NLRA. The full article is available on the Mass Lawyers Weekly website.