Businesses move forward with vaccination mandate, leaving employers with tough choice – NBC 7 San Diego
As more companies move forward with vaccine requirements, employees who refuse to be vaccinated are given the ax.
“Over the past two months, we’ve seen a lot more employers decide it is really time to try to protect their employees and the people they come into contact with by demanding vaccines,” the lawyer said. of labor Arlene Yang.
Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest healthcare systems in the United States, suspended more than 2,000 employees this week for failing to comply with the company’s vaccination mandate. According to the health giant, more than 92% of its staff are fully vaccinated and the number of recalcitrant is decreasing every day. But those who are not vaccinated only have until December 1 to get vaccinated so they can return to work.
âIt has become quite clear that the government, like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other agencies have declared that it is legal to require vaccines and employment,â Yang said.
Yang said there are warrant exemptions.
âThere are certain accommodations that you must provide if there is a medical reason why someone cannot be vaccinated, or if there is a sincere religious belief,â Yang said.
But even then, Yang said religious exemptions might be hard to come by.
âEmployers can search for documents or request more information to understand why an employee thinks there is a religious reason for not getting the vaccine,â Yang said. “Especially given that a lot, a lot of people have already received measles vaccines or whatever, so why this particular vaccine is against religion, there might be an investigation.”
And the problem may soon become even more serious. About 46% of organizations plan to institute a vaccination mandate, according to a survey released last month by consulting firm Gartner.
âIt looks like we’re going to see more and more of these requirements, especially in California, which has really been a leader in health and safety,â Yang said.
For many workers, it’s time to choose between getting vaccinated or losing their job.