With COVID-19 vaccines becoming more available to a broader population, many nonprofits are contemplating requiring all employees to be vaccinated. They are encouraged by the impressive effectiveness rates and eager to ensure workplace safety. Conversely, some employees remain skeptical.
Mandatory vaccination policies raise many legal questions revolving around the balance of employee rights, a duty to protect colleagues and program participants, and organizational liability. You need to consider these issues and set policies for your organization now.
- What laws might prevent you from requiring employees to get the vaccine?
- What does the recent EEOC guidance say on this issue?
- What legal liability could you face for requiring employees to get the vaccine?
- How would you handle employees whose religions prohibit vaccines?
- What if an employee claims the vaccine is unsafe?
- Can you terminate an employee who refuses to get the vaccine?
- How do vaccination policies relate to volunteers?
- Are there alternative ways to keep the workplace safe?
- Could you get sued for requiring your employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
- What vaccination policies and procedures should you implement?
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