A listener wants to know whether a New York vaccine mandate will affect her if she doesn’t work in New York.  I’m Amy E. Feldman.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently passed a sweeping vaccine mandate that would apply to all New York City municipal and private employees and would require they all be vaccinated.  The law currently is on hold pending a legal challenge, but listener Gina P. from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, wanted to know whether, if the mandate is upheld, she and others like her who work remotely outside of New York, but whose company is headquartered in New York, would be forced to comply.

The answer is no, the New York law applies to people who are physically working within the city limits.  That’s not to say that employers couldn’t create their own rules about whether their employees must be vaccinated, but in general, enforcement of state or local employment laws are based on where the employee works, not where the company is based.

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