John McDonald, managing partner of McGuireWoods’ Charlotte office, was quoted in a May
5, 2021, Bloomberg Law
article titled “No Vaccine, No Desk: Firms Weigh Whether to Make Shots Mandatory.”
The article discussed whether companies may require employees to be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19 to ensure workplace safety.
The issue is complicated, as some workers are reluctant to receive COVID-19
vaccines. But according to December 2020 guidance issued by the U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission, employers can require vaccinations with
certain medical and religious exemptions.
McDonald, who practices labor and employment law, noted a surge of interest
in mandates after the guidance was released. However, he said, that
interest has waned due to the challenges of implementing and enforcing such
a mandate, pending state legislation to prohibit or limit employer vaccine
policies, and patients’ rights to refuse vaccination under the emergency
authorization for the three COVID-19 vaccines.
“With clients I’m seeing, it’s a combination of those three things that’s
stopping them from making it a mandatory policy,” McDonald said.