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Vaccines, Mandates & Masks:
Legal & Practical Solutions for Your Workplace

In this 75-minute training, you will learn how to:

  • Make smart vaccine decisions, regardless of company size.

    Learn the most effective (and legally smart) moves on mandates, notification, privacy, incentives and testing, even if your company falls below the 100-worker threshold.

  • Handle those confusing exception requests.

    Employees can legally claim medical and religious exceptions to your vaccine rules. We’ll explain (in plain English) when you must say “yes” and when you can say “no.”

  • Update your mask and return-to-work rules.

    OSHA’s mandate adds another layer of confusion to questions about masks, return to work and handling COVID illnesses.

The vaccine mandate has sparked a million different questions … we’ve got the answers

On Nov. 4, OSHA issued its landmark “emergency temporary standard” that requires companies with more than 100 employees to require COVID vaccines for their workers or do regular testing by Jan. 4. Failing to do so could trigger fines of up to $13,000 per single employee violation. This new ETS leaves employers with lots of different compliance options and questions, like:

Should you offer a testing option or set a strict vax-or-fired mandate? How should you collect and track vaccination status? When must you allow medical and religious exceptions? Which employees does this apply to … remote workers? What’s the best way to communicate all of this?

One wrong answer can trigger big legal trouble, an employee-relations nightmare or both. It’s vital that you make smart legal decisions in the coming weeks and months to manage this unprecedented issue.

Discover how to protect your organization from these evolving risks and understand all the best vaccine practices being used today by U.S. employers—regardless of company size. You’ll get trusted answers to the most pressing questions employers are asking, plus guidance based on the lessons learned from mistakes made by other employers.

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Agenda for Vaccines, Mandates & Masks

  • The OSHA mandate. Who will it cover, who pays, notification, records—and will it stand up in court?
  • Your own rules. If you have 100+ employees, should you still allow a testing option? If you have less than 100, should you mandate anyway (pros & cons)?
  • Exceptions and accommodations. What medical and legal exceptions must you offer for vaccination rules—and when can you say “no”?
  • Recordkeeping. How should you collect and retain vax data to avoid ADA trouble?
  • Privacy. Is it legal to ask employees about their vax status and past COVID infections? And how must you store COVID data?
  • Masks. The COVID/CDC/state rules are confusing—when should you (and must you) require masking?
  • Customers & clients. Should you require nonemployees (vendors, customers, etc.) to get vaccinated or wear masks?
  • Policies. How should you revise your written policy based on the latest law changes?
  • Pay issues. What wage & hour issues must you watch out for?
  • Other risks. What about workers’ comp, OSHA and union responsibilities?
  • What’s next. What's the most up-to-date workplace advice from OSHA, the CDC and state agencies?
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Helen Holden is a partner at SpencerFane in the firm’s Phoenix office, where she helps businesses successfully navigate the alphabet soup of federal and state employment laws. She provides practical advice and training on HR issues, as well as representing employers in court. Helen is well known for her dynamic and plain-English training sessions, particularly on COVID compliance issues.

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Professional Certification Credit Hours Included

This program is valid for 1.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

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If Vaccines, Mandates & Masks: Legal & Practical Solutions for Your Workplace fails to meet your needs in any way, we will refund every penny you paid – no hassles, no questions asked.