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Episode 3: Ouchy, That Hurt!

On this episode of the Standard of Care Podcast, Nick and Samantha roll up their sleeves and discuss the legal impacts of the new COVID-19 vaccine on the EMS workforce. Can an employer mandate that employees receive the vaccine? What is the impact on medical accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and religious accommodations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Are employees potentially covered by workers’ compensation if the vaccine causes injuries? Will advances in science change the way that laws are applied? Please like, comment, and subscribe!


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Show Notes / Links

EEOC, Enforcement Guidance on Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship under the ADA: https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/enforcement-guidance-reasonable-accommodation-and-undue-hardship-under-ada
EEOC, What You Should Know: Workplace Religious Accommodation: https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/what-you-should-know-workplace-religious-accommodation
EEOC, Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (2009 guidance, updated March 2020 in response to COVID-19): https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/pandemic-preparedness-workplace-and-americans-disabilities-act
CDC, Roadmap to Implementing Pandemic Influenza Vaccination of Critical Workforce: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/pdf/roadmap_panflu.pdf
OSHA, Standard Interpretations, OSHA's position on mandatory flu shots for employees: https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/standardinterpretations/2009-11-09

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