NYC Mayor Eric Adams announced today that the private employer COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be lifted effective November 1, 2022.
Accordingly, as of November 1, employees of private employers no longer need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to work on the employer’s premises in NYC (other than healthcare workers, who remain subject to the NYS vaccine mandate). As a result, unvaccinated employees currently provided with reasonable accommodations can be required to work in-person and will no longer be required to wear a mask or test weekly starting November 1.
However, NYC businesses are free to put in their own policies mandating vaccination and/or boosters to work on-location. Businesses that choose to continue to require vaccination and/or boosters should continue to follow the current guidelines for reasonable accommodations, but will have more flexibility in terms of alternative accommodations.
* * *
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact our Labor & Employment attorneys or the primary EGS attorney with whom you work.