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While COVID-19 vaccinations are moving the nation closer to a new post-pandemic normal, credit union executives are facing difficult challenges over how to manage employees who won’t get vaccinated when it comes time to return to the workplace in the months ahead.

Attorneys who specialize in employment law and serve credit unions and banks said employers can require employees to get vaccinated. However, employers must offer accommodations for employees who cannot take the vaccine because of medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs. What’s more, just about every state is considering proposed laws related to the vaccine, some of which would forbid employer-mandated vaccinations outright and others that would extend the religious exemption to include “philosophical objections or objections of the conscience.”

Peter Strozniak

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