Mandatory COVID Vaccinations for Employees: What Employers Need to Know
While the EEOC has revised its guidance to say employers can legally require workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the CDC and OSHA’s take on it are still leaving organizations scratching their heads.
How are employers expected to comply with the latest guidance when even major health and safety organizations, plus labor unions are clamoring for clarification?
Furthermore, is it better to require that your employees get vaccinated, or provide incentives to encourage vaccinating? Both options carry a host of legal challenges.
Join legal expert Dr. James Castegnera for clarification on when and if employers can mandate COVID vaccinations as part of their return-to-work program. We’ll take a close look at the legal risks and provide guidance for developing legally effective protocols.
In this 90-minute program you’ll learn the following:
- The role ADA and Title VII play in employer vaccination mandates
- Key considerations when creating mandatory vaccination protocols
- Addressing employees who object to vaccinations on religious grounds
- Using incentive programs to encourage employees to get vaccinated
- What CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people means for your workplace
Clear Explanation of the Latest Regulations on Vaccinating Employees
- What the EEOC, CDC, OSHA and DOL say about requiring employees to get vaccinated
- ADA and reasonable accommodations for employees whose disabilities prevent vaxxing
- How Title VII’s religious-discrimination prohibition relates to employees with religious, political, and cultural objections
- Legal obligations to pregnant employees who object to being vaccinated
Legal Consideration for Requiring or Incentivizing Employee Vaccination
- The latest guidance from the CDC and OSHA on appropriate workplace protocols
- Legal incentives a company can initiate to encourage employee vaccinations
- What the EEOC means by a “coercive” incentive, and whether employers can incentivize employees’ family members to be vaccinated
- Potential sources of legal immunity for employers who mandate vaccination, should a vaccinated employee or family member have a serious adverse reaction
- Identify effective legal defenses should your vaccination strategy lead to a legal challenge
Get answers to key question employers are asking including:
- Do our fully vaccinated employees need to wear masks in the workplace?
- What happens if we mandate an employee be vaccinated and they have an adverse reaction?
- If the only reasonable accommodation of an employee, who can’t be vaccinated, is remote work, can we legally terminate them?
- What can my unionized organization do if our union declines to cooperate in enforcing our vaxxing program?
About the Speaker
Dr. Jim Castagnera holds an M.A. in Journalism from Kent State University, and a J.D. and Ph.D. (American Studies) from Case Western Reserve University. He worked 10 years as a labor, employment, and intellectual-property attorney with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr and 23 years as associate provost & legal counsel for academic affairs at Rider University, where in 2018 he received the university’s highest annual award for distinguished service. He also did stints as a full-time law professor at UT-Austin and Widener University Law School.Having retired from Rider in 2019, he is engaged in a portfolio of activities: Member and Chief Consultant of Holland Media Services LLC, a communications and training company with offices in Philadelphia and Los Angeles; Member of Portum Group International LLC, a cyber security & privacy consulting firm in Philadelphia; Of Counsel to Washington International Business Counsel; and Adjunct Professor of Law in the Kline School of Law at Drexel University.
Join us to get the latest information from major agencies including the EEOC, CDC, OSHA and DOL on requiring employees to get COVD-19 vaccinated. You’ll be able to make a well-informed decision of whether to mandate, incentivize, or merely encourage employee vaccinations.
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