Will Big Tech Require Masks at Work in California?

Fenwick litigation and employment practices partner Sheeva Ghassemi-Vanni talked to Protocol about the Bay Area’s updated recommendation to wear masks indoors—regardless of vaccination status—and how it might affect technology companies in the area.

Ghassemi-Vanni has seen a "very strong appetite" among clients to allow vaccinated employees to go to work without a mask, and that she doubted the new Bay Area recommendation would lead to a "sea change" in the industry.

She recalled to Protocol how employers have fought too hard to get to a point where their vaccinated employees don't have to wear a mask. She explained that "I just don't see them reversing course there."

Ghassemi-Vanni also advised companies that "If you've taken a very conservative approach to employee exposure to COVID, meaning you've required that everyone be vaccinated and sought proof... you're going to already be in a much safer place.”

The full article is available on Protocol.