Thanks to the Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy, the U.S. remains the country with the highest rate of new COVID cases. Law firms across the country are taking action on this important matter, and have decided to take their employees’ health and safety to heart when instating new office return policies, including recent vaccination mandates.
For reference, the following firms are requiring all employees to be vaccinated before they return to the office: Akin Gump, Arent Fox, Ballard Spahr, Boies Schiller Flexner, Carlton Fields, Cleary Gottlieb, Clifford Chance, Cooley, Cozen O’Connor, Crowell & Moring, Davis & Gilbert, Davis Polk, Davis Wright Tremaine, Debevoise & Plimpton, Dickinson Wright, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, Greenberg Traurig, Fenwick & West, Fried Frank, Goodwin, Hanson Bridgett, Hogan Lovells, Hueston Hennigan, Lowenstein Sandler, McDermott Will & Emery, Mintz, Norton Rose Fulbright, Patterson Belknap, Paul Weiss, Reed Smith, Ropes & Gray, Sanford Heisler, Schiff Hardin, Seyfarth Shaw, Sheppard Mulllin, Simpson Thacher, Skadden, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, Weil Gotshal, Wilson Sonsini, and Winston & Strawn.
Another Biglaw firm that recently made a move on vaccines is Paul Hastings. Last week, the firm not only decided to reinstate its face covering policy in all U.S. offices, but it also rolled out a new vaccine plan for all personnel working in a U.S. office or attending in-person firm events. Effective August 10, all U.S. employees are expected to be fully vaccinated and practice universal masking. Per a memo from co-managing partners Greg Nitzkowski and Ronan O’Sullivan, these measures will “lesson the likelihood of contagion at the office, and reduce the potential for a vaccinated individual to bring the virus home to family members.” Sources we’ve heard from report that they’re “very happy” about the firm’s vaccine mandate.
Will your firm be changing its plans when it comes to vaccination for attorneys and staff thanks to the Delta variant? Please let us know.
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What has your firm announced as far as a reopening plan is concerned? The more information is out there, the more likely it is that firms will be able to establish a market standard for a return to the office.
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