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Overview

On August 23, 2021, the FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.

The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

It's the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive full authorization from the federal government. Experts hope the approval will encourage more unvaccinated people in the U.S. to get the shot, especially as the country experiences a surge in COVID cases largely driven by the Delta variant.

While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product.

Research has indicated that more employees will take the vaccine now that the FDA has approved the vaccine. However, there are still challenges for Employers who want employees and stakeholders to be vaccinated but there are some state legislations in place and pending that prohibit Employers from mandating vaccines in the workplace.

Why you should Attend

More employers will likely require their workers to be inoculated against Covid-19 once federal regulators upgrade the vaccines from their current approval as emergency products, according to employment lawyers who counsel companies.

There is a potential for federal employees to be mandated to get vaccines and now that the FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine, there may be other federal mandates for service member to be mandated to get the vaccine.

It is critical that Employers check their state and local regulations when it comes to making decisions about employees who refuse to get vaccinated.

Some states are prohibiting Employers from mandating vaccinations in the workplace leave some Employers confused.

Areas Covered in the Session

  • Learn how the FDA research determined the approval of the Pfizer Vaccine
  • Learn what can Employers and their stakeholders need to do to encourage vaccines in the workplace.
  • Learn what the federal response is to the approval of the Pfizer vaccine
  • When will the other vaccines be approved?
  • What other options are provided based on the FDA approval for doctors and the medical community?
  • How is the Delta Variant impacting Employer’s efforts with safety in the workplace
  • Learn how Employers can easily get employee feedback on mandated or voluntary vaccine
  • Learn what Employers can do to encourage vaccines in the workplace.
  • Learn how Employers can mitigate state prohibitions against mandating the vaccine
  • Learn how some states are managing the vaccine mandates.
  • What industries will be impacted on vaccine mandates.
  • Are incentives still they way to go when encouraging employees to get the vaccine.
  • Learn what the impact is for Employers when employees refuse to be vaccinated.
  • Learn how some states are mandating vaccines and requiring proof of vaccination to enter their establishments.
  • Learn what other options Employers can provide as reasonable accommodations for some of the EEOC and Disability exemptions.
  • What are the updates for Booster shots at this time?
  • Should Employers change their policies based on the FDA approval?

Who Will Benefit

  • All Employers
  • Business Owners
  • Company Leadership
  • Compliance professionals
  • Payroll Administrators
  • HR Professionals
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Managers/Supervisors

Speaker Profile

Margie Faulk, a senior level human resources and compliance professional with over 14 years of HR management and compliance experience. A current Compliance Officer/Advisor for HR Compliance Solutions, LLC. Margie has worked as an HR and Compliance advisor for major corporations and small businesses in the small, large, private, public and Non-profit sectors.

This includes Federal Contracting in the defense, military, anti-Terrorism and Apache Helicopter Training Simulations with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Federal Sentencing Guidelines (FSG) and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP). Margie is bilingual (Spanish) fluent and Bi-cultural.

Margie's focus has expanded to Global Workplace Compliance in International, multi-state, multi-National, state and local workplace compliance which includes workplace compliance in other countries like the UK, Canada, France, Brazil, China, Africa, Mexico and India, just to name a few. Margie has created and presented seminars/webinars for many compliance institutes. These national training providers, offer compliance training to HR professionals, business owners and companies interested in having their company compliant with workplace and industry regulations. Margie holds professional human resources certification (PHR) from the HR Certification Institution (HRCI) and SHRM-CP certification from Society for Human Resources Management. Margie is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics (SCCE).