In an interview with the Buffalo Business First, Goldberg Segalla’s Christopher P. Maugans discusses how employers are looking ahead to 2021 and wondering if they can legally require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Chris, a member of the firm’s Employment and Labor group based in Buffalo, said he has told clients outside the health care industry to exercise caution in considering a mandate.
“Like many decisions for businesses, there’s a legal consequence to things and a business consequence,” Chris said.
Chris noted that, outside the health care industry where mandatory vaccinations are already commonplace, employers are proceeding cautiously. “A lot of employers have been taking a down-the-middle-of-the-road approach based on what we know. They are saying they will encourage but not mandate,” he said.
“Can Employers Require COVID-19 Vaccinations? And Other Things You Need to Know,” Buffalo Law Journal/Buffalo Business First, December 22, 2020
Christopher P. Maugans concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and matters involving employment and labor law. With a focus on serving both public- and private-sector clients, Chris handles matters involving discrimination claims, improper-practice charges, employee grievance arbitrations, General Municipal Law 207-c proceedings, and New York Education Law 3020-a hearings, as well as proceedings under Article 75 and Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR). Chris helps clients prepare for and navigate trials, mediations, arbitrations, and hearings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR). He regularly counsels clients and litigates the enforceability of restrictive covenants in employment agreements, including non-competition and non-solicitation provisions.