Arbitration Panel Rules That Philadelphia’s Vaccine Mandate For City Employees Will Stand

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The City of Philadelphia has received an arbitration panel’s approval to suspend, and eventually fire, employees who do not get a COVID-19 vaccine. The new deadline for City workers to comply with the vaccine mandate is May 31.

The panel once again laid out strict rules for how the city can proceed. Every city employee must now show either proof that they have at least begun the vaccination process, or that they have applied for an exemption. If they have not, then they can be placed on leave beginning June 7 — either unpaid or they can use sick or vacation time — and after 30 days, they could be fired for not complying.

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