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Employers debate establishing mandatory vaccination policies amid return to work mandates. While companies may require vaccinations for employees who return to the workplace, an employer must be able to show that an unvaccinated employee would create a “significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of the employee or others that cannot be eliminated or reduced by reasonable accommodation.”  (Photo: Vichie81/stock.adobe.com)

As more and more employees return to the workplace, employers are faced with the challenge of keeping their workforce and clients safe and healthy. In addition to modifying employee health insurance coverage to make COVID-19 testing and treatment more accessible, employers are also introducing strategies focused on vaccinations, hygiene, and workplace modifications that help keep employees healthy and workplaces safe. One such strategy is to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies. To ensure that they comply with applicable laws, employers should weigh the following five considerations before instituting such policies.

Related: Employers: Tie health insurance rates to vaccination status?

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