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Eric Adams. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams announced during a press briefing Thursday that his administration will keep the city's vaccine mandate for private employers.

Why it matters: The mandate was announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio this month, who touted it as a "first-in-the-nation measure." The mandate went into effect on Monday and applies to approximately 184,000 businesses.

The big picture: Adams' announcement cleared up some lingering confusion about whether the mandate would remain in place once Adams takes office on Saturday, the New York Times reported.

  • “Our focus is vaccine and testing, vaccine and testing, vaccine and testing,” Adams said during the briefing.
  • “The private sector employer mandate will stay in effect in the New Year, with a focus on compliance, not punishment,” added Dave Chokshi, de Blasio’s health commissioner, who will remain in his position until March, per the Times.

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Jan 15, 2022 - Health

Experts warn of more COVID-19 variants after Omicron

Three COVID-19 testing companies place testing locations outside Grand Central Terminal on Jan. 14 in New York City. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Experts are warning that subsequent COVID-19 variants are likely to come after Omicron, AP reports.

Why it matters: The warnings come as there's no guarantee that subsequent variants "will cause milder illness or that existing vaccines will work against them," underscoring the need for widespread vaccination, AP writes.

NYC to require employers to specify salary ranges

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New York City became the latest jurisdiction to tackle wage inequality on Saturday, with employers required to include specific salary ranges beginning in April, CNN reports.

The big picture: States such as Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, Rhode Island and more have all enacted legislation that requires employers to include specific salary ranges on job postings.

Starbucks drops worker vaccine mandate after SCOTUS ruling

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Starbucks announced in a memo to employees Tuesday that it has dropped plans to implement a vaccine mandate for all U.S. workers, AP reported on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The company's decision comes in response to the Supreme Court's ruling last week to block the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers.