Photoshop 21.1: Can't paste a path, copy/paste path duplicates layer instead

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Platform: Macbook Pro.

I updated to Photoshop 21.1.0 and having path pasting problems.

With an existing PSD file:
I am trying to paste entire paths and path segments into other paths, or into new blank paths, and it is not working. Instead, the shortcut wants to copy/paste a new layer. I can't paste a path. Even if I flatten the PSD and try again.

With a brand new blank flattened file:
No problem.

With a brand new blank PSD file, add new layer, save, close, open and try to copy/paste path:

With a flattened TIFF:
No problem.

With existing layered TIFF:

I work extensively with paths when I retouch and tried to troubleshoot every way I could think of, nothing is working. I even tried to turn on quick mask to see if there was some trick I could use, it did not work. I restarted. That did not help.

This is extremely concerning if I have a complicated path to edit from an existing PSD in my workflow. If I have to create a flattened TIFF for every file I edit a path for, it's ridiculous.

I'm going to rollback the Photoshop update to the previous version.
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Official Response
Please install the 21.1.1 update that went out this AM. It should address this issue.