USA: Sacramento lawyer says COVID-19 vaccinations may be required to return to work

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – As more people are getting vaccinated and counties are moving into safer colored tiers, many are asking if it’s legal for companies to require that their employees get vaccinated.

“The answer to the question is yes. The current state of the law says you can. Is it possible that a court or somebody says no, that’s an overreach, it’s a violation of people’s privacy rights? Et cetera? yes, that’s definitely a possibility,” said Mark S. Spring, an attorney with CDF Labor Law.

“There’s nothing under the law that says you can’t,” Spring continued.

Spring says that with the current state of the law, there is nothing prohibiting employers of any size from enacting policies or practices mandating that workers get vaccinated to return to work.

“Businesses do have an obligation to create a safe workplace, in terms of their employees, to ensure their employees stay safe. And they also want to create a safe environment for their customers as well. And in order to make that happen, some businesses may consider whether they want to mandate vaccinations,” said State Senator Dr. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento.

Spring says that both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing have similar guidelines giving a nod for employers to mandate the vaccine to return to work.

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