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Can we make flu shots mandatory?

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in HR Management,Human Resources

Q. Because this season’s flu outbreak was so severe, next fall we would like to require all our employees to get a flu vaccine. We hope this will cut down on employee absences during flu season. Would such a policy be lawful?

A. Requiring employees to get vaccinations, such as an in­­fluenza vaccine, is a common practice among health care employers. That is because employees in the health care industry have close and frequent contact with vulnerable patients.

While uncommon in other industries, a mandatory vaccine policy would not be unlawful.

As a general rule, most employers may institute a mandatory vaccine policy and fire workers for not complying with the policy in accordance with the employment-at-will doctrine (meaning employers may fire employees for any reason that is not unlawful). Exceptions include instances in which the employee is working under a contract or a labor agreement that bars such a policy.

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dasie March 23, 2013 at 2:08 am

this rubbish makes me sick! this is an utter violation. ofemployees rights based on garbage science of this dubious vaccine. credible scientists. at the Cochrane and CIDRAP have provided ample proof that this vaccine is a waste of time and money. how about the new study in feb 2013 journal of infectious diseases that found annual flu vaccines made us MORE susceptible to the flu? how about the new eurosurveillance whichfound this rotten vaccine coulndt hold its efficacy for even 30 days? forcing someone. to get a vaccine that doesn’t work and does not come with risk is disgraceful!!!

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