Can Employers Require Covid Vaccine? Employee Rights, Exceptions, Compensation



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July 15, 2021
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Considerations for employees returning to the workplace and workplace safety, including screening and sanitation requirements.
– Can employers request employees? COVID-19 vaccination status?
– Can employers require employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination?
– Paid leave for COVID-19 vaccination.

Update on Employee Rights and Returning to Work During the COVID-19 Era. Over the past year, federal, state, and local governments have enacted numerous employment laws in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With COVID-19 vaccines now widely available in the U.S. and more employees returning to work, it is important to learn how emerging issues could affect the workplace and employees? rights with respect to these issues.

Can employers require Covid vaccine in California? Legality of employers requiring vaccination.
Covid vaccination exceptions for employees.
Class action & Covid cases under the labor code.
Employer requiring covid testing for employees.
When do employers need to compensate the employees for Covid-related expenses?
Working from home expenses compensation, reimbursement aspects.
Paid time during the employee Covid testing before work (time-keeping, clocking-in).
Temperature check.
Covid mandatory vaccination and reasonable accommodation for disability or a sincerely held religious belief.
Vaccination-based discrimination?
What documents the employee must show as a proof of disability or medical condition.

Meet the Speakers
Max Gavron


Attorney Diversity Law Group

Max Gavron is an attorney at Diversity Law Group and helps clients address Employment & Labor: Employee legal issues.

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Aanand Mehtani


Founder and Managing Attorney Mehtani Law Offices

Aanand Mehtani started his legal career at O’Melveny & Myers – a highly selective litigation powerhouse that has incubated some of America’s most successful lawyers, judges, business leaders, and politicians. While at O’Melveny, Mr. Mehtani worked alongside senior statesmen such as Clinton Administration Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Regan Whitehouse Counsel A.B. Culvahouse Jr., and Biden Administration Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, contributing billable work directly to Secretary Mayorkas’s elite practice.

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Nazgole Hashemi


Attorney LegalAxxis, Inc. (Moderator)

Nazgole co-founded the firm in 2013. She practices general civil litigation, with an emphasis on employment and business cases. She regularly represents employees who have experienced discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or other illegal conduct in the workplace. She works tirelessly to advocate against the injustices suffered by her clients and obtain favorable settlements and results for them. She was named a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2020 to 2023.

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