Despite COVID-fatigue, it is increasingly apparent that employers are likely to continue to deal with COVID-19 related employment issues throughout 2022. Just as we hoped the disruptions that had defined 2020 and 2021 would dissipate into the New Year, the Omicron variant reignited the proverbial fire. Still, notwithstanding the focus on COVID-19, the New Year is slated to bring a host of other employment law issues affecting New York employers.

Vaccination Mandates

Although experts are still studying the Omicron variant, data suggests that it is more transmissible than other COVID-19 variants, leading governmental officials and employers to re-evaluate current COVID-19 safety protocols. Companies which had not previously instituted mandatory vaccination policies have been reconsidering as the virus continues to disrupt workplaces and in order to adapt to the changing legal landscape.