Employers mandating vaccinations

Posted by / 21-Jun-2017 16:02

According to several media reports, IU Health Goshen Hospital had instituted a policy requiring employees to get flu shots.

Several employees balked at getting the shots and tried to seek exemptions.

The decree also requires that when considering requests for religious accommodation, the Health Center must adhere to the definition of “religion” established by Title VII and controlling federal court decisions, a definition that forbids employers from rejecting accommodation requests based on their disagreement with an employee’s belief; their opinion that the belief is unfounded, illogical, or inconsistent in some way; or their conclusion that an employee’s belief is not an official tenet or endorsed teaching of any particular religion or denomination.

While Title VII does not prohibit health care employers from adopting seasonal flu vaccination requirements for their workers, those requirements, like any other employment rules, are subject to the employer’s Title VII duty to provide reasonable accommodation for religion.

Each flu season, nearly 111 million workdays are lost because of the flu, the US Department of Health & Human Services has found.

That represents approximately billion per year in sick days and lost productivity.

Even when an employer is not legally prohibited from mandating vaccinations, the employer will have to be prepared to make exceptions and accommodate employees with legitimate religious objections or medical reasons for becoming vaccinated.

In addition to requiring monetary relief and offers of reinstatement for the six employees, the consent decree contains multiple injunctive components.

Every year, around flu season, employers also seem to remember that a particularly harsh strain could disrupt the office, according to Howard Mavity, co-chair of the workplace safety and...

Seasonal flu is not only unpleasant for employers and employees, it's expensive.

The CDC says the MMR vaccine is roughly 93 percent effective, while two doses are 97 percent effective in preventing measles.

The CDC notes that widespread use of the measles vaccines has led to a 99 percent reduction in measles cases, and in the year 2000, measles were declared eliminated in the United States.

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Measles has been confirmed in 19 states and Washington D. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus.

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