"So if I want to continue working from home permanently, is there a way I can get unvacced?"
Morrison Foerster will require staff in London to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 before allowing them to return to the office.
"As the pandemic continues, we have made the decision to require anyone going into the London office to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Those not fully vaccinated will continue to work remotely," a MoFo spokeswoman told RollOnFriday.
“The health and safety of our people remains the firm’s top priority," said the spokeswoman. She added that staff will have to wear a mask in common areas and to maintain social distance in the office.
The US firm is adopting a phased return to the London office, with plans over the next couple of months for lawyers to come in for a minimum of once a week from 13 September, to be increased to twice a week from 18 October. The firm said the attendance of non-lawyers will be "determined to meet business needs, and we will provide flexibility to work remotely as we are able to.”
MoFo is the only law firm in London, to date, to make vaccination compulsory for the office, although Skadden has ordered unvacced staff to get Covid tests before heading to the office.
Other firms, such as Clifford Chance, Ropes & Gray and Reed Smith have a similar vaccine mandate in their US offices (and Ropes & Gray's policy also applies in Tokyo). But none of those firms have extended that requirement in London.
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