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I vaguely remember reading somewhere that 「~といわず、~といわず」 doesn't come in 否定文, but I came across negative usage of late. Research took me to this site maintained by a native speaking Japanese teacher who claims:

後件は否定文、依頼、命令の文はきません。

Okay, great. Wait, what's that in your examples?

部長は食事中といわず、会議中といわず、スマホを手離さない。

Literally two lines below, that page uses a 否定文 as an example sentence.

Here's another example I found, in a work of fiction translated by 菊池寛.

ネルロの行くところは野と言わず、市場の人混みと言わず、片時もそばをはなれないことにきめたのでした。(source)

So what's with this talk about ~といわず、~といわず not occurring in 否定文?

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I don't think there are any requirement in X of 'AといわずBといわずX'. My feeling is that acceptability depends only on the meaning.

The pattern means literally regardless of A or B, X.

For example, both of the following are not acceptable.

食事中といわず、会議中といわず、スマホを手離す。

昼といわず、夜といわず、彼と一緒にいない。

It is because not having a phone or not being with someone else is rather normal and not worth mentioning.

On the other hand

猫といわず犬といわず動物は何でも好きです

猫といわず犬といわず動物は何でも好きじゃないです

are both acceptable (even though the latter sounds less natural - apart from such a person being unfortunate; probably 嫌いです would be more natural instead of 好きじゃないです.). This is due to the fact that both types of people are conceivable.

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AといわずBといわず basically means everything, everywhere, all the time, etc. A and B are just examples. It is used to describe the way someone does something, and therefore, it is normally not used in a negative sentence.

I think this rule applies on the semantic level. Though syntactically negative, 手離さない and はなれない in your examples both indirectly describe the way someone, or a dog, does something anytime or anywhere. The department manager is always on their smartphone, and the dog is determined to stay close to Nello everywhere he goes.

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