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California Legislature Considers Employer Vaccine Mandate

As COVID-19 restrictions loosen around the state, California’s legislature continues its consideration of legislation pertaining to the pandemic.

Assembly Bill (AB) 1993 which was introduced in February proposes that employers require employees and independent contractors who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to show proof of vaccination. Current employees and independent contractors would need to confirm their vaccination status on January 1, 2023, and new employees and independent contractors would need to show proof at the time of hiring and contracting. As with vaccine mandates the state passed last year for healthcare and direct care workers, the legislation would allow for exemptions for individuals who have a medical condition or disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief.

The law would be administered by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and would allow for the DFEH to impose penalties on employers who fail to comply.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2022National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 70
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Robert L. Murphy, Jackson Lewis, union representation lawyer, collective bargaining negotiations attorney
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Robert Murphy is a Principal in the San Diego, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. With more than 40 years of experience as a specialist in labor and employment law, he is considered to be one of the nation’s most highly respected and creative lawyers in his field.

His practice is equally divided between employment litigation, labor-related matters such as union representation campaigns and collective bargaining negotiations, and advising multi- state and multi-national clients with respect to the full gamut of employment matters including...

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Melissa Owens is an Associate in the San Diego, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters.

While earning her law degree, Ms. Owens was an Associate Editor on the California Western Law Review Journal. Additionally, she served as the President of the Women’s Law Caucus, an inclusive organization with the goal of facilitating education and discussion of issues affecting all women in the legal system.  While at California Western School of Law she also earned Distinguished Advocate...

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