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Should you Mandate Vaccinations as a Condition of Employment? Here’s Why I Am Not

By Bill English, Partner

So many organizations have swiftly mandated COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, I doubt any of us can recall a time when there was this much consensus coupled with velocity in action around any given topic. It is truly remarkable how fast this train is leaving the station, or should I say, shot out of the station?

As a business owner, you might be asking yourself, “Is now the time for me to require my workers to become vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment?” You might be of two minds on this. On the one hand, you might be hesitant to do so out of fear of losing key employees who are opposed to being vaccinated. On the other hand, you understand that providing a safe working environment is not only a regulatory requirement, but also an ethical standard that you want to maintain.

Clearly it is illegal and immoral to force someone to make any individual health care decision. In our culture, health care decisions and our health care information are highly private. Yet, it is equally clear that it is reasonable and expected that your customers, partners, vendors and employees not be exposed to preventable infectious disease through you or your employees.

It’s helpful to note that vaccine mandates have been used to exclude potentially contagious health care workers from vulnerable patients for decades. Moreover, it is standard practice in our country to have students get a matrix of vaccines before they can attend school. Consider the very high compliance rate of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination shots... MORE

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One year after her first One Take interview, Christine Lantinen returns to discuss how Maud Borup weathered the pandemic; how its attracting and retaining talent both in the Twin Cities and Le Center, Minn.; why it's looking to expand capacity yet again after just adding 70,000 square feet last year; whether employees are required to work at the... MORE

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About One Take CEO Interviews: In each episode, one CEO shares his or her take on leading through myriad challenges ranging from Covid-19 to attracting and retaining great talent. Each interview is recorded in one take with no edits. The interviews are produced by award-winning journalist Dale Kurschner, who today serves as consultant at Platinum Group, Minnesota's most experienced firm helping business owners and leaders with extreme challenges ranging from rapid growth and acquisitions, to turnarounds and divestitures.

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