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The COVID-19 Vaccine: An In-Depth Discussion Exploring Emerging Legal Issues for Consideration by Employers [WEBINAR]

In a time where employers face scrutiny with respect to the obligation to provide a safe working environment, the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine is certain to present employers with difficult decisions regarding workplace policies. 

Key issues include:

  • Can, and should, you require employee vaccination?

  • What guidance, if any, can we glean from the existing legal framework governing the interaction between workplace safety regulations and employer accommodation obligations?  For example, how might an employer respond to an employee who presents a religious accommodation request not to be vaccinated?  Further, what is an appropriate response to a request for accommodation from an immunocompromised employee who cannot safely report to work if his co-workers are not vaccinated?

  • If some, but not all, employees are vaccinated, should an employer continue to require masks for unvaccinated employees? Alternatively, should masks be required for all employees, or perhaps no employees at all?

  • If an employer requires, or strongly encourages vaccination, could it be liable to employees who have adverse health effects related to the COVID-19 vaccine?

© 2020 Bracewell LLPNational Law Review, Volume X, Number 295
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Rebecca L. Baker, Bracewell, State Court Litigation Lawyer, Employment Handbooks Attorney
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Rebecca Baker counsels and represents employers in all areas of employment law. She represents employers involved in federal and state court litigation and advises and represents them with respect to administrative claims. Becky's experience includes matters involving retaliation, whistleblower protection, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour issues. In addition to litigation, she works with management clients to draft employment policies and employee handbooks and to address issues related to the hiring, retention and termination of...

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Robert Nichols represents employers in litigation, administrative actions and arbitrations concerning discrimination and retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, occupational safety and health, union-management relations, wage and hour matters, and other concerns related to employment. Mr. Nichols has defended more than 200 employment-related lawsuits in federal and state court, represented employers in more than 300 federal and state agency employment discrimination investigations, and handled numerous Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cases,...

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