The Washington Post Quotes Bob Lian on Potential Employer-Imposed Penalties for Non-Vaccinated Workers

The Washington Post has quoted Akin Gump labor and employment practice head Bob Lian in the article “More companies are weighing penalties for unvaccinated workers.”

The Post says employers are increasingly moving toward vaccination mandates following the FDA’s full approval this week of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Among the measures being considered, the article says, are added health care costs or withholding raises for employees who refuse to get the coronavirus vaccine.

Commenting on some of the steps being considered, Lian said companies could, in theory, give notice that they will cut pay or withhold raises if employees do not meet certain conditions, but could not do so if they are governed by a contract or collective bargaining agreement.

Lian took part this week in a special OnAir with Akin Gump podcast episode on this very topic, “COVID, Vaccine Mandates, and Boosters: A Workplace Update.” He was joined by fellow partner Lauren Leyden and noted epidemiologist and former Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff. For more information and to listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here.