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COVID-19 vaccines are giving many employers hope that their workplaces can slowly return to normal. To help speed that return, employers are considering requiring or encouraging workers to get vaccinated. That’s allowed within certain limits, but there are employee relations hurdles and legal challenges in mandating or incentivizing vaccines that employers need to be aware of.
Before employers jump to requiring employees to get vaccinated, they should understand all the possible effects of that decision – both operational and cultural. As an example, if an employer makes COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory and excludes people from the workplace who haven’t gotten immunized, there may not be enough employees to keep the business running. There are moral issues that might materialize. It’s possible that despite the toll that the pandemic has taken on all of us, some employees may be reluctant, or even hostile, to a requirement that they get vaccinated. This reluctance could create an employee engagement issue that some employers may not want to provoke.
- To Mandate or Not to Mandate?
- Do employers really need a mandatory program?
- May employers ask for proof of vaccination?
- Legal risks to be aware of: disparate impact, retaliation claims, claims of wrongful termination
- Implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Pregnancy Disability Act
- Handling employee requests for an exemption based on a disability or due to a sincerely held religious practice or belief
- Offering incentives to getting vaccinated: tax consequences
- Administering COVID-19 tests to employees
- Can an employer ask employees physically entering the workplace if they have been diagnosed with COVID or have been tested for COVID-19?
- May an employer require proof of receipt of a vaccination
- Repercussions of employees who suffer serious side effects from the vaccine
- Postponing start dates/withdrawing a job offer
- COVID-related Harassment and/or discrimination issues & how to address them
- EEOC considerations in planning furloughs or layoffs
- Role of the CDC
- Federal considerations regarding mandatory vaccinations: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Liability under worker compensation laws, OSHA, and the NLRA
- Disability & religious discrimination as a result of mandating vaccinations
- Inquiries as to why the employee ISN’T vaccinated
- Asking how the vaccination process went – a slippery slope
Why You Should Attend:
Attend this webinar by expert speaker Diane Dee where she will covers, Implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Offering an incentive to getting vaccinated, how to handle employee requests for an exemption based on a disability and other important points. Participants in this webinar will gain an understanding of the employee relation hurdles and legal challenges employers may face when mandating or incentivizing vaccines.
Who Should Attend:
- Safety Professionals
- HR Professionals
- Front Line Managers
- Department or Branch Managers
- Management Positions
- Small Business Owners
- Compliance Professionals
Note: You will get access to the Recording link and E-Transcript; in your account and at your registered email address.