No vaccine = no job? Learn if you can fire employees for not getting vaccinated.
With the COVID-19 vaccine becoming more widely available and representing the best chance to end the pandemic, many employers are considering making vaccination mandatory for employees. You may want to do the same and expect to fire individuals who refuse to comply.
Before setting and implementing a vaccination policy, you must understand the legal requirements, determine when and how to make exceptions, and consider staff reactions.
- What vaccines are available?
- Who can currently receive vaccines?
- Can you fire employees who refuse to be vaccinated?
- Which anti-discrimination laws regulate employer vaccination policies?
- What exceptions must you consider for disabilities and religious beliefs?
- Does an accommodation disqualify an employee from continued employment?
- How should you handle other objections, such as philosophical beliefs or conspiracy theories?
- Do different rules apply to health care providers, first responders, and other safety personnel?
- What are the best practices for mandating versus recommending vaccines?
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