Vaccine mandates were a pandemic mainstay that made headlines early this year amid sweeping efforts to force employees to get vaccinated.
When California lawmakers on Feb. 9 introduced a bill that would require both public and private employers to maintain a vaccine mandate for employees, the article was the sixth most read workers’ compensation–related story this year Business insurances website.
AB 1993, which failed to pass out of committee, stated that “an employer shall require each employee or independent contractor to provide proof to the employer, or an authorized representative of the employer, that the person has been vaccinated against covid-19.”
By mid-May, the issue appeared to be waning, as evidenced by a survey showing that employer interest in the Covid-19 vaccine mandate had waned as federal efforts to establish broader mandates failed.
The survey of 1,275 in-house lawyers, C-suite executives and HR professionals, conducted by labor law firm Littler Mendelson PC in March, found that 56% said their firms would not implement mandates or tests unless required by law.
Late in the year, lawmakers in Washington state filed to advance 2023 legislation that would rehire state workers fired for not getting vaccinated.
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