gavel with legal book in background The results and long-term impact of lawsuits related to vaccine mandate decisions and pandemic workplace policies won’t become clear until late 2022 at the earliest. (Photo: Shutterstock)

More than two years into the pandemic, COVID-19 is still impacting the way businesses operate and the evolution of procedures and policies. Even as pandemic-related restrictions and mask mandates begin to lift across the country, companies remain split on how to approach vaccine mandates for employees.

When the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Biden Administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate in mid-January, pending the final outcome from the lower courts review (which we believe is more procedural and will not change the Supreme Court ruling) for now it placed the decision—and the accompanying risks—squarely on individual businesses’ shoulders. Regardless of their decision, businesses can minimize claims and exposures through thorough communication, comprehensive documentation, and a deep understanding of their worker base.

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