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A guide for employers considering Covid-19 vaccine mandates

A customer shows proof of vaccination to a worker in Clinton Hall as the vaccine mandate commenced during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Manhattan.
Reuters/Andrew Kelly
A checklist for employers.
  • Jackie Bischof
By Jackie Bischof

Talent Lab editor


A range of major US organizations, from Microsoft to the military, have made the choice in recent weeks to require workers to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination if they are going to be working in-person.

The decision to create a vaccine mandate is hugely controversial for some companies, and completely unremarkable for others. Either way, what’s clear is employees want a policy to cut through the uncertainty of this moment. If you’re considering creating a mandate for your company, what should you know from a legal, HR, and management perspective?

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