Learn what can and cannot be mandated when it comes to covid vaccine and workplace

Published on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:43
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN – The Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a webinar to inform businesses about what they can and cannot mandate dealing with the covid vaccine.

The webinar will take place Friday and 8 a.m.

“Knowing that the vaccine was becoming available, we wanted to get really good information about employers obligations relative to the virus,” Chamber President William D. Moore said.

The webinar will feature discussions on the law behind mandating the vaccine, the pros and cons of doing so, how to do it appropriately and how to manage your employees. Updike, Kelly & Spellacy Attorneys Christopher L. Brigham and Valerie M. Ferdon will be guest speakers at the webinar.

The chamber has worked with them in the past on some of their other HR related programs.

“What are employer’s obligations? Can he or she require employees to take the vaccine? What happens if the employee chooses not to take the vaccine for whatever reason – they feel uncomfortable about it, they don’t think it’s safe? What can employers do in response to that because they have an obligation to all their employees to provide a safe work place,” Moore said.

The chamber, along with Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, hopes to answer all of these questions.

The New Britain chamber also invited the Newington and Southington chambers of commerce to participate in the program as well.

The program is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required. Email office@greaternewbritainchamber.com or call the chamber at 860-229-1665 to register.

“It’s a very important webinar for any employer and employee to participate in,” Moore said. “Ideally they will walk away feeling more comfortable and confident about their working in the workplace and what the impact of the vaccine will have on their position.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:43. Updated: Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:45.