One of Dunn’s clients in the restaurant sector thinks a compulsory inoculation requirement could be a game changer for business.
“They think it gives them a competitive advantage,” explained Dunn. “They could say to their customers, ‘Hey, our restaurant is safe. All of our employees have been vaccinated.’”
It may be, in part, a PR tactic, but Dunn said it is totally within an employer’s rights to implement this kind of requirement.
“Under the law, an employer can force an employee to get vaccinated, and if they don’t take it, fire them,” said Dunn.
Dorit Reiss, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law, said that private businesses have pretty extensive rights. “Requiring a vaccine is a health and safety work rule, and employers can do that,” said Reiss.