The COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. It has changed industries across the globe, including emergency services, healthcare, food service, hospitality, transportation, education, and so much more. In the wake of the pandemic, employees across the country, not to mention the globe, have adjusted the way they work to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Now that the pandemic has started to subside in the United States, due to successful vaccination campaigns, employees across the country are returning to the workplace. During this uncertain time, it is vital that employees understand how their workplace may change and how they can protect their rights in this unfamiliar professional environment.
Your Rights in the Wake of COVID-19
The safety protocols for the workplace will vary depending on your industry. For example, those working in the food service, healthcare, and transportation industries will likely require the use of face masks until further notice. Additionally, face masks will be required in federal spaces, such as airports and airplanes.
If you work in one of these sectors, you have the right to a safe work environment in which everyone wears a face mask. If your employer is not following or enforcing these mandates, contact an experienced attorney or get in touch with your local or state government.
As of right now, there are no plans from the federal government to require proof of vaccination in order for employees to return to the workplace. However, some private organizations and universities have chosen to implement this measure. While there may be exemptions for legitimate medical or religious reasons, it can be assumed that most workers involved in organizations like these will be required to get vaccinated before returning to the office.
Were Your Employee Rights Violated? We’re Here to Help
Everyone has the right to a safe work environment. If you believe your rights as an employee have been violated, our Utah attorneys are here to help. At Pearson Butler, we’re well-versed in employment law unique to the Beehive State and we want to help you seek justice.
Call Pearson Butler at (800) 265-2314 to schedule a consultation.