A panel hosted by Newsday weighs in on best practices in a changed workplace
June 04, 2021
Many businesses with remote employees are eyeing a return to the office in the coming weeks and months.
To help prepare workers and employers for a return to the new normal, Newsday, in partnership with the Long Island Association business group, hosted a town hall webinar Thursday to help answer viewer questions about the return to on-site work.
The livestreamed panel, moderated by Newsday economics reporter James T. Madore, was joined by Domenique Camacho Moran, labor and employment attorney at Farrell Fritz, Richard Humann, chief executive of H2M architects + engineers, and Jason Forte, senior vice president of leasing at office landlord RXR Realty. Here are some of the questions that were addressed; the panelists’ responses have been edited for clarity.
I’ve been fully vaccinated, and I don’t want to sit next to others who aren’t. Can I request that my employer make an accommodation?
Moran: Vaccination status is medical information. Your employer can’t share that information with you. If you have concerns, start with an open dialogue with your employer.
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