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John is an associate in the Tort and Insurance Department and Employment Law Group, after serving as a summer law clerk in 2019. He focuses his practice in insurance defense litigation, including personal injury, automobile and premises liability matters. John is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts.

While in law school, John was a member of the Stetson Law Review and served as an intern for the U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg and U.S. Magistrate Judge Sean Flynn. He also had the opportunity to clerk for three Florida law firms.

Americans and the rest of the world are hoping that in 2021 every-day life will begin normalizing. With the rolling-out of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, many feel they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

However, even though the vaccine has reinstated hope in many, it still raises additional questions. Many have wondered whether employers can make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for their employees. The answer appears to be yes.

A guidance issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission indicated that employers can require employee vaccination to go to work. However, this does not necessarily mean that an employee would be automatically terminated. For example, the employee may be entitled to work remotely. Employers also may have to make exceptions for employees with religious objections and disabilities.

Employers should proceed with caution

Although employers can mandate a COVID-19 vaccination, the questions remains whether they will or whether they should. It will likely be challenging for employers to ensure their employees comply with the mandate. Employers requiring the vaccine may also receive some push-back.


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