What Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements in the Workplace
In June, with tens of millions of Americans getting vaccinated, the COVID-19 pandemic finally seemed to be in full retreat. The prospect of a nearly normal summer seemed tantalizingly close, and employers looked forward to welcoming workers back to the office in the fall.
Instead, the Delta variant struck and as a result, case numbers have nearly returned to their pre-vaccination peaks. Hospitalizations and deaths rose during the summer months and vaccinations stalled. Only 55 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, with 64 percent having at least one vaccine dose.
Employers are frustrated, concerned and looking for answers. Many are taking or considering more proactive steps, particularly employee vaccine mandates, to keep their workplaces safe. But with such mandates come a complex array of legal and business considerations, not the least of which is employee reaction—both for and against workplace vaccine requirements.
Womble Bond Dickinson Labor & Employment attorney Richard Rainey recently joined Business Litigation attorney Mark Henriques for a webinar discussion of “What Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements in the Workplace.”