Can Employers Require COVID Vaccinations?

What’s the 𝙣𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 I am getting from clients returning their workforce to the office?

𝘾𝙖𝙣 𝙄 𝙧𝙚𝙦𝙪𝙞𝙧𝙚 𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙤𝙮𝙚𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙊𝙑𝙄𝘿-19 𝙫𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣?

My answer: 𝙔𝙚𝙨…𝙪𝙣𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨…

Generally, employers can mandate the vaccine for their workforce. But must also give accommodations to those with disabilities and sincerely held religious beliefs to avoid trouble under equal employment opportunity laws.

Unless your business is in certain high-risk industries, consider a policy that “𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙡𝙮 𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙨” vaccination. The policy should:

✔Make getting the shot easy for employees with an onsite clinic or providing local resources.

✔Provide paid time off to get the shot or recovery from side effects

✔Reassure employees they won’t face retaliation for not choosing vaccination.

Remember, too, that your employees are apprehensive about returning to onsite work. Make sure HR engages with employees to calm apprehensions and find solutions for issues that arise.

Need some more insight on return to work? Contact me.

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Published by Kim Freeman

As an attorney and HR pro for 20+ years, Kim Freeman is skilled in employment law, HR, compliance, risk management, and training. She's passionate about helping businesses develop and grow people-centric cultures. She balances business needs with HR policies, procedures, and practices to create a workplace where employees are engaged and productive. A happy workforce is essential to your ability to attract and retain the best talent.

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