Can management require employees to get flu shots? I had so many employees call in sick last year that I would like to do something proactive to prevent the same thing from happening this year.
— Healthy Boss
Sure, you can require employees to get immunized. You can also require them to dance naked in the street during breaks. Just because you can does not mean that you should.
— Evil Skippy
Who knew ES is a Grammar Fanatic (as opposed to just a fanatic)?
Assuming you are asking about the legality of mandatory flu shots for employees, my advice is to forget it. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recommends that employers should consider simply encouraging employees to get the influenza vaccine rather than requiring them to take it. The EEOC takes this position because an employee may have an ADA disability that prevents him or her from taking the influenza vaccine or may hold a sincere religious belief, practice, or observance that forbids taking it.
Why be a test case for the courts? Remind employees about flu shots and make them available at no cost to employees if you have the financial ability to do so. While you’re at it, put up some of those restroom posters telling folks to wash their hands and teaching them the proper etiquette of coughing and sneezing.
Next, we’ll work on table manners.