Blackstone mandating vaccinations in the workplace

28th October 2021

Employment lawyer Holly Cudbill commented in an article in the New York Times, which was first published on 14 October.

The article looked at mandating vaccinations for employees to return to the workplace.

This was following news that private equity firm Blackstone will require employees who work in its London office to be vaccinated.

Holly said: “At the moment, the focus very much has been on encouragement rather than mandating that people are vaccinated.” But companies have been asking if this is something they can, or should do, she added.

Businesses can decide who does and doesn’t enter their premises, especially for health and safety reasons. But in the case of the coronavirus, if other measures like mask wearing, ventilation and social distancing can reduce the risks, it’s difficult to justify barring people’s entry, Holly commented:

I think they can justify it, but they just need to think about how and make sure it's not just a knee-jerk reaction because it will be challenged. There's absolutely no doubt.

You can read the New York Times article in full here.

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