Labor and employment partner Greg Abrams spoke to The Chicago Tribune about how employers are approaching having vaccinated and unvaccinated employees return to the office.
“It’s a balance because employers are starting to encourage employees to come back to work and try to restore some of the camaraderie that existed pre-pandemic, but they also have to be careful about maintaining health and safety in the workplace,” said Abrams. “As with everything COVID-related, employers are dealing with uncharted territory,” he added.
Abrams also explained that it’s generally acceptable for employers to tell unvaccinated workers that they have to test negative for COVID-19 before returning to work and practice social distancing unless they have a disability that would prevent them from doing so. Unvaccinated people are not a protected class of workers under the law, he noted.
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