An unvaccinated employee prepares for work.
Skadden has told its unvaccinated staff that they must take a Covid test before they come back to the office.
The US firm sent an internal memo outlining plans for staff returning to the workplace, stating that those who hadn't been jabbed "will be required to have tested negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their arrival to the office."
"We were pleased to see that many of the respondents to the remote work survey have been, or planned to be, vaccinated," said the memo, adding, "if you have not yet been vaccinated, we urge you to do so, in consultation with your doctor."
Skadden also provided rules on office etiquette, stating that staff should refrain from asking their colleagues if they'd been vaccinated, and that masks should be worn in "public and shared spaces". So staff will have to mask-up around the water cooler, assuming the cooler hasn't been binned in fear of it being a germ dispenser.
The memo, which also applies to London, confirmed that jeans will be permitted in the office, which should come as a relief to those staff unaccustomed to wearing anything ironed for the last year.
The firm has targeted 13 September for welcoming staff back, with a wary elbow bump. There will be a transition period, following which the firm will permit its lawyers to work remotely for up to two days a week.