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Mayor-Elect Eric Adams Plans to Enforce New York City’s Private Employer Vaccine Mandate

Mayor-elect Eric Adams has announced that he plans to keep New York City’s vaccine mandate in place once he takes office.  Mayor-elect Adams, who is set to be sworn in as the City’s 110th mayor shortly after midnight on January 1, 2022, explained that his Winter 2022 COVID Plan will revolve around six “pillars,” including that the private sector mandate will remain in effect “with a focus on compliance, not punishment.”  This is not markedly different from the approach taken by the current administration, which explained in recent interpretive guidance covering the mandate that the City intends on working with businesses to achieve compliance to avoid fines and penalties.  While these sentiments might signal some willingness on the part of both administrations to give businesses flexibility in coming into compliance, they do not alter the concrete deadlines and requirements placed on employers by the mandate, which we covered here, and as we explained here, will remain effective regardless of whether OSHA’s vaccine or test rule is enforceable.  We will continue to monitor for further developments on this issue.

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Evan litigates a wide array of employment disputes before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies. Evan has experience handling matters at all phases of the litigation process and also assists clients in resolving their disputes through mediation and settlement.

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Michael Arnold is Chair of the firm's Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice.  He is an employment lawyer who deftly handles a wide array of matters. His capabilities include counseling on everyday HR life cycle issues, defending management and senior executives in connection with employment-related proceedings, and assisting companies navigate the complex employment issues that arise in transactions.  Michael’s clients appreciate his strong emphasis on providing not just legal advice, but also practical advice, that aligns with organizational and HR strategies while...