Posts Tagged COVID-19, vaccine
A major question prior to the publication of OSHA’s ETS was whether employers could require employees to pay for COVID-19 tests. We now know the answer: “maybe.”
As an HR Knowledge Advisor, I speak with many members who are preparing to hire for the upcoming holiday season. A popular question I am asked is whether an employer can ask applicants if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The answer is yes. However, hiring managers and HR professionals should instruct applicants not to offer any information about why they may not have received the vaccine.
With vaccine effectiveness against the Delta variant dropping to 39%, it is absurd to pursue a normal office return. Make no mistake about the danger: the Delta surge is forecast to grow much worse in the next few months. Indeed, the CDC is considering asking vaccinated people to wear masks and moving toward recommending booster shots.
With the delta variant of the coronavirus on the rise, employers are scrambling to ensure their work environment is safe for all. That means reviewing or perhaps revamping the vaccination policy you put into place six months ago. The initial COVID-19 outbreak was hard enough to manage; now employers may need to get even more creative in trying to balance worker safety while respecting employees’ choices on whether to get vaccinated.