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In brief

Following on from part one of our two-part virtual mini-series “Back in the office: The evolving debate on vaccine mandates, and other Covid-safe measures”, in part two, Stephen Ratcliffe and Richard Cook dissect two particularly thorny issues that employers are currently dealing with in relation to the return to the office: reluctant returners and tensions surrounding vaccinations and the wearing of masks.
Stephen and Richard discuss a number of points relating to these themes, including: the importance of conducting a risk assessment to ensure compliance with your Covid-secure measures; handling flexible working requests for workers who live with the clinically vulnerable to Covid, as well as potential indirect associative discrimination claims from this group and; the arguments around potential philosophical belief discrimination when considering mask or vaccine mandates for the workplace. 


Stephen Ratcliffe is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Employment and Benefits practice in London. He has more than 14 years of legal experience and was recognized as an "Associate to Watch" by Chambers & Partners in 2014, 2015 and 2016 before his promotion to partnership. Stephen has been described as "very precise, technically excellent, but also very practical."


Richard Cook is a Senior Associate in Baker McKenzie London office.


James Brown is a Knowledge Lawyer in Baker McKenzie's London office.

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