July 22, 2021

Greg Abrams Shares Employer Considerations as Workers Return to the Office With The Chicago Tribune

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.

The full article is available for Chicago Tribune subscribers.

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