Legal Aspects of COVID Vaccinations Webinar

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Start Date

December 15, 2021 11:00 am

End Date

December 15, 2021 11:30 am




Polaris MEP



Looking for updates on the ever-evolving COVID vaccination requirements? Sign up for this half-hour webinar.

Polaris MEP Center Direct Kathie Mahoney will guide discussion about how manufacturers can and should manage COVID vaccination requirements. Kathie welcomes Mark Freel of Locke Lord, an attorney with experience in employment law, and Melody Weeks of Rhode Island’s Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (RI PTAC).

Nearly 50 manufacturers attended our June webinar on the legal aspects of COVID vaccinations or viewed the recording. Federal and local regulations continue to evolve.

Mark Freel will offer guidance related to whether / why local employers might want to require vaccinations regardless of “work in progress” federal mandates — what can you do to protect workers and production lines?

Melody Weeks will speak to what we know now, what a “covered contractor” is, and how to prepare to meet federal agency requirements and contract flow downs.

Sponsored by the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA).


  • Rhode Island manufacturers looking for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Owners, Managers, Engineers and Operations team members


Mark W. Freel, Partner, Locke Lord

Mark Freel frequently advises manufacturers and other businesses on employment matters, and on issues concerning the protection of proprietary business information, including non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and on various commercial and transactional disputes, including cases arising out of the Uniform Commercial Code. He frequently represents the firm’s private equity clients in post-transactional disputes, and often represents their portfolio companies in the Northeast and around the country. Mark also handles matters involving construction and real estate disputes; cases involving unfair competition and trade secrets; and probate and family business disputes.

Kathie Mahoney, Center Director, Polaris MEP

Most recently the Center Director for sister-agency MassMEP, Kathie Mahoney joined Polaris MEP in September of 2020. She is responsible for leading Polaris MEP’s team in its support of Rhode Island’s manufacturers, helping clients grow and become more competitive.

Kathie has worked with manufacturers for more than two decades, improving operational efficiencies, solving workforce challenges and implementing innovative solutions that lead to growth. In addition to her detailed knowledge of manufacturing, she has an extensive background in grant management, financial oversight, marketing management, and leadership.

Melody Weeks, Program Manager, RI PTAC

Melody is responsible for helping Rhode Island businesses navigate the government contracting process at the local, state, and federal levels. Counseling may include assistance with required registrations, identifying contracting opportunities, assisting with solicitation preparation and submission, award debriefings, market research, and identifying subcontractors. Training sessions are also provided throughout the year on a variety of government contracting topics.

Melody joined the RI PTAC program as a Government Contracts Counselor in 2015 after working in the Maine PTAC program for four years.


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