COVID-19 Vaccines & Workplace Complexities
Understand the laws impacting mandatory vaccination programs and the key issues to consider when structuring a program.
COVID-19 vaccinations are now increasingly available to employees, and employers are anxious to have a vaccinated workforce in order to avoid future closures and outbreaks. However, there are legal complexities on structuring mandated vaccine programs under statutes administered by the EEOC, OSHA, the Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board, as well as addressing worker resistance to mandated vaccination programs. This topic will address the various intertwining federal laws impacting mandatory workplace vaccination programs, ranging from the OSH Act, ADA, and Title VII to issues arising under collective bargaining agreements, wage and hour laws, FMLA, and state workers’ compensation laws. This topic will also outline key issues to consider when structuring a program, including on-site versus off-site, verification of vaccination status in light of both HIPAA and GINA, which refusals are protected, and what elements are needed to assert the direct threat to safety affirmative defense.
• You will be able to define reasonable accommodation and direct threat to safety within the context of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
• You will be able to describe how to structure vaccine incentive programs so they will not violate OSHA regulations or collective bargaining agreements.
• You will be able to discuss which federal worker protection statutes apply to COVID-19 vaccine programs and which workers are protected under those statutes.
• You will be able to explain how to document vaccine refusals and which actions can be taken when workers refuse on the basis of age, disability, religion, or political beliefs.
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