With vaccines rolling out to more and more people, a new quandary is beginning to appear among business and government leaders. Should companies and groups require proof of vaccination for workers?
One of the few big institutions to sign on to the idea is Rutgers University in New Jersey, which has said that all 65,0000 students and 9,000 faculty members must be vaccinated before returning to the campus in the fall. But at the same time, leaders in some states, including Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, are adamant that they do not support vaccine passports.
Geoff Foster, CEO at injection molder Core Technology Molding Corp., noted during Plastics News' Executive Forum that his company will encourage employees to get a vaccination.
"I think it's going to be our protocol that … if you're traveling to Europe especially, you're going to be required to get a vaccine by us," he said.
H. Lee Murphy at our sister paper Crain's Chicago Business spoke to labor lawyers in Illinois about whether companies should require vaccinations, or if they can even legally require them.
"The answers so far are maybe and maybe, much to the consternation of employers who are looking to set hard and fast rules as they open their doors again after the year-long pandemic pause," Murphy writes.
While the law points to the ability of employers to require vaccines, there are also big loopholes in any requirement, including health and religious exceptions, attorneys said. And there's also the issue of who is willing or able to face lawsuits from either side of the vaccination requirement question.
"A company like Walmart is likely to face thousands of lawsuits and class actions on an issue like vaccinations, but it can absorb the legal cost far more easily than the small shopkeeper with 15 employees who might have just one of them file a lawsuit," attorney Stephen A. Glickman said.
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