- Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison have increased their COVID-19 precautions, and require a vaccination booster to all eligible visitors and the personnel in the law firm's offices.
After the memo memo from workers, Brad Karp developed the revised covarid-19 policies, which included adding a holiday remote work period to at least December 24.
Personnel may choose to come in during that time, wrote Karp, but attendance is not required so if critical client work requires your presence in the office.
The American Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday the fast-spreading Omicron variant is now country's, accounting for 73 % of a total of 11 months in the previous week.
This rapid rise has left law firms scrambling to limit the spread of the virus among lawyers and staff, including allowing or even requesting temporary return to work from home.
Two attorneys in Reed Smiths New York office told Bloomberg Law they should stay off for the next two weeks. As a spokeswoman on Wednesday declined to comment on that decision.
Other companies, including Davis Polk and Wardwell, had already told lawyers and staff before the news of Omicron emerged they could work remotely in the final weeks of the year.
Beth Cavagnolo, director at Vertex Advisors, said the timing of the current surge gives firm leaders a chance to review their COVID-19 policies and plans for 2022.
I think I've got a little relief for what we think is a holiday, but now we're at the beginning of the year, where many lawyers work from home and holiday things with their families, she said.
Many small law firms already require office workers and visitors to be vaccinated, but Paul Weiss's new York-based solution is to ask for boosters, but Karp declined to discuss the possibility of the shaming of staff for all employees, and the office visitors with whom they can receive them must wait six months to get a booster. The wait is two months, depending on the quantity of vaccines that the doctors expect from them.
Paul Weiss offered to hire staff, their families and clients in his new York office.