Are you doing everything you legally can to keep COVID-19 out?
As vaccines begin to roll out to a wider range of recipients, businesses are all asking the same question, “Can we require that our employees get vaccinated?” The answer is not as clear-cut as you would hope.
While vaccines should eventually bring an end to the pandemic, you must continue to keep employees healthy and safe by:
- screening them for COVID-19 symptoms,
- following CDC recommendations for the isolation of sick workers and the quarantine of those exposed, and
- providing leaves of absence so that employees do not have to choose between jobs and health.
You need to ensure that your organization is doing everything it legally can to keep COVID-19, requiring a thorough understanding of the relevant laws, regulations, and orders.
- Can you legally mandate that employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
- What exceptions must you consider to mandatory vaccine rules?
- How long are COVID-positive employees supposed to stay away from work?
- How does the CDC define a “close contact”?
- For how long should a “close contact” quarantine and stay out of work?
- What screening tools does the law allow you to implement?
- How can leaves of absence keep sick or exposed employees away?
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