I’m vegan, so am I exempt from a vaccine mandate?

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Ethical vegans are exempt from the COVID vaccine in the UK. Would I have a case in New York for a vegan exemption? The vaccine is tested on animals and I don’t use medication of any kind — only fruit and veggies.
Nice try, my garden-gobbling friend.
It’s true that anti-vaxxers in the UK have started to declare themselves vegans in a bid to avoid potential compulsory vaccines. Currently, there isn’t a vaccine mandate in the UK, and no plans for one, but the UK did recognize that ethical veganism could protect people from a mandate since the current vaccines were tested on animals.
However, it hasn’t been challenged yet, and anyway, it’s been some time since we we’ve been under British rule, you know.
I respect vegan choices and love animals (even though I also love a nice bone-in rib-eye) but I think the odds of the US exempting vaccines based on ethical veganism are as slim as that balance of nature guy biting into a cheeseburger in his next commercial.

When a prospective employer asks what your salary expectations are, how should you answer?
Employers in many states — including New York — are no longer allowed to ask about your compensation history.
The laws are designed to prevent employers from making job offers based on an applicant’s pay history as opposed to current competitive rates for the position. It was also constructed to protect women and minorities who historically may have been underpaid relative to the job market.
Instead, employers may ask for your compensation expectations to gauge whether you are in the ballpark for their budget, and to help ascertain where your current compensation range might be.
The best way to respond is not to quote a specific figure but to kick it back to the employer. Say that you are open to offers depending on the position.

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief human resources executive and is dedicated to helping New Yorkers get back to work. E-mail your questions to [email protected] Follow Greg on Twitter: @greggiangrande and at GoToGreg.com.



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