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The Latest COVID-19 Employment Law Issues: Vaccines & Return to Work

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As the country began anticipating a return to the workplace this fall, the COVID-19 Delta variant changed things – and has prompted employers to revisit and modify their plans.

Different companies have adopted various return to work strategies. According to Cushman and Wakefield (“CW”) approximately 50% of workers in San Francisco are back in the office part-time “to some extent,” but not “five days a week necessarily.” CW’s clients that have returned to the office part-time include companies in professional services like law firms and accounting firms. On Wall Street, banks that have brought back employees are taking more stringent precautions – as noted in a Bloomberg article, with J.P. Morgan Chase requiring masks in common areas and Goldman Sachs working on new safety measures to prevent outbreaks. In the meantime, Google, Amazon, and Facebook all announced that they will not require workers to return until January, and Microsoft announced this month that it scrapped plans to fully reopen offices by October 4, noting it can no longer provide a date for returning to work because the pandemic is too unpredictable.

To help CFOs and other executives navigate the latest employment law issues, join us on September 28 for a webinar which will cover:

  • Legal and business considerations of vaccine mandates
  • Accommodations and exemptions to consider
  • Mask requirements and testing
  • Has the workplace changed for your employees?
  • Best practices for employee reentry into the workplace



John Baum

Hirschfeld Kraemer