Masks? Cakes? Hugs? Answers to pressing back-to-office questions

June 28, 2021

As Long Islanders stream back to the office, pandemic questions linger:

Will masks be mandated? Should co-workers shake hands or (gasp!) hug? Will employers demand proof of vaccination? And when can we again nosh on cake to mark birthdays, holidays and every other occasion?

Can my employer require vaccinations?

Yes, with a few exceptions, according to Domenique Camacho Moran, a partner who leads the labor and employment law practice at Farrell Fritz.

Employers must discuss accommodations with workers who have disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from being vaccinated.

“Those accommodations might look like: continuing to wear a mask, continuing to social distance,” Moran said. “Perhaps to have a different work schedule.”

Companies may dismiss other workers who decline to get vaccinated, Moran said.

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