Back to the Office Dilemmas: How Employers and Insurers are Addressing Evolving Risks Around Mandatory Vaccines

January 25, 2022 9:00am

Lisa Parlato LeDonne
VP and General Counsel, Data Privacy/Chief Privacy Officer and Chief Labor & Employment Counsel

Bobby Simpson
Executive Senior Counsel, Compliance, Litigation and Labor & Employment
GE Current, a Daintree Company


Magdelen Bickford
Member, Chair Labor and Employment Group
McGlinchey Stafford

  • The continuing impact of the pandemic and the outlook on associated risks for 2022
  • Managing discrimination cases brought by employees refusing to get vaccinated based on disability, religion or political views
    • What constitutes “reasonable accommodation” for employees under EEOC rules?
    • Examples of “undue hardship” to the employer
  • Recent retaliation claims around providing accommodation for employees who do not/can’t get vaccinated due to a medical disability
    • What are reasonable accommodations for employees suffering from “long-haul” COVID-19
    • “At Risk Workers”: Reasonable accommodations for those with weakened immune systems who are at risk if vaccinated and cannot use face coverings
  • Employee data privacy: New claims relating to vaccination verification or contact tracing efforts
    • State data privacy laws that differ from federal rules and guidelines
  • OSHA compliance:
    • State of OSHA’s ETS rule and associated compliance planning
    • NY HERO Act compliance
      • What are the differences between the NY HERO Act and IL, ME, CT, and NJ workplace safety laws?
    • Recent whistleblower complaints