New Article: Using the Technology On Hand to Create Systems that Work – Vaccine Exemption Programming

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By Rachel Shaw, MBA, President, Principal Consultant, Shaw HR Consulting

@Work Magazine, January 2022

Tens of millions of Americans who work at companies with more than 100 employees were required to get the COVID-19 vaccine or be tested weekly under new Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. A vast number of employers are expected to take the mandate route as testing program costs can be high and the issue of whether employers can require employees to pay for their tests depends on state laws and whether testing is offered as a reasonable accommodation.1 Legal guidelines require employers to consider exemptions for those with disabilities or religious conflicts.2

As such, vaccine exemption programs are now a priority for many human resource professionals. Employers have become all too familiar with COVID-19-related programs and, once more, the issue with managing vaccine exemptions is lack of experience and the sheer size of the project.

Up to 11% of employees in the U.S. are applying for vaccine exemptions3, and many employers do not have the knowledge or capacity to manage the volume of requests. While some organizations will outsource this work, many won’t have that luxury. However, it’s possible to leverage the technology on hand to improve efficiency.

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