The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused heartache and created problems for people and communities around the world. Here in Missouri, businesses have had to close or lay off a portion of their workforce. Parents are struggling to perform their daily tasks while homeschooling their children. The mental and emotional toll of the inability to see loved ones makes the daily routine more difficult.
While some companies and individuals have successfully transitioned to remote work, many businesses thrive in the traditional office environment. Businesses are struggling to find a way to provide their services for customers while keeping employees safe and happy.
To get back to the office successfully, work environments have to be safe from liability for workers and employers. As businesses have resumed in-person operations, many employers have required their employees to get the COVID vaccine.
Providing a safe environment for everyone is a top priority for reopening company doors to employees. One of our most frequently asked questions is: can my job require me to get a vaccine?
The short answer is, “Yes.”
The longer answer is as follows. Missouri’s employment laws provide little protection to employees in almost every situation. This includes your own decision about getting the vaccine. In Missouri, your employer is able to require vaccination. If you refuse vaccination, they can terminate your job. However, there are rare exceptions. You may be exempt if you provide a disability-related reason from a doctor or have a religious exemption to taking the vaccine.
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