Employers can lawfully mandate employee COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to medical and religious exemptions, although doing so is not without risk, as Lane Powell explained in a previous Legal Update.
So what’s new? As COVID-19 cases, related hospitalizations, and the more infectious Delta variant continue to surge nationwide, some West Coast states have instituted mandatory vaccinations for certain employees. Washington, Oregon, and California now mandate employee vaccination for certain government and health care employees. These vaccination requirements continue to be subject to exemptions for documented medical and religious reasons. See Lane Powell’s Legal Update.
Stricter face coverings rules are also being re-instituted, even for the vaccinated, departing from earlier guidance. Key highlights of these recent state mandates are discussed below.
Vaccinations Required for State Employees and Healthcare Workers
Vaccinations Required for Healthcare Workers, Workers in Congregate Settings, State Employees, and K-12 Teachers and Staff
Lane Powell’s team of attorneys is here to help you develop and implement the strategy that supports your business and your employees. For more information, consult Lane Powell’s COVID-19 Resource Center or contact Katheryn Bradley, Courtney McFate, Priya Vivian, or Riley Moyer. This is a rapidly evolving area where federal and state guidance seems to change by the day. Keep up-to-date by subscribing to Lane Powell’s Legal Updates.
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