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COVID-19 Vaccines: What Employers Need to Know Now

  • 16 Mar 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Live Webinar


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Save the Date for our March 16th Program

COVID-19 Vaccines:
What Employers Need to Know Now

Program Description: 

As COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available in Rhode Island, employers must be prepared to navigate the unique and evolving legal and employee relations issues implicated by vaccination programs in the workplace.  In this webinar, topics covered will include:

  • An update on recent Rhode Island state and local COVID-19 legislation and health orders.
  • An update on priorities for distribution of the vaccines and the manner in which such decisions will be made.
  • A review of the legal issues that need to be addressed in any vaccination program developed by employers.
  • Requests to be excused from vaccination programs based on (1) medical conditions and/or disabilities covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act or (2) religious beliefs, practices, or observances under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
  • Federal and Rhode Island wage and hour issues, such as vaccine costs, compensable time, and the treatment of monetary incentives.
  • Benefits-related issues, including incentivizing vaccination as part of an employer's wellness program.
  • Employee safety, workers' compensation, and privacy-related issues.
  • Implementation of vaccination programs in a unionized setting, as well as the potential impact of the anti-vaccination movement and any “concerted protected activity.”

This program has been submitted for HRCI credits. 


Jillian Folger-Hartwell’s practice focuses exclusively on representing management, litigating, and advising on labor and employment law matters.  She devotes a substantial portion of her practice to compliance and represents employers on a myriad of employment-related issues, including:

  • Wage and hour compliance;
  • Hiring and firing policies;
  • Employee terminations;
  • Workplace safety; and
  • Executive and other employment agreements.
  • Jillian has extensive experience representing employers in the healthcare, higher education, and hospitality industry settings.

Jillian serves on the faculty of the National Business Institute and regularly speaks at seminars and conferences on labor and employment topics.  She routinely conducts in-house training sessions on employment-related topics, including anti-harassment and #metoo training seminars. 

Eric B. Mack defends private employers, especially financial institutions and hospitals, in a variety of employment disputes, including:

  • Claims of wrongful termination;
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets;
  • Violations of non-compete agreements;
  • Tortious interference; and
  • Wage and hour disputes.

Additionally, Eric regularly counsels employers on day-to-day personnel matters, practices and compliance.  He routinely conducts in-house training on employment-related topics.  He also has spoken extensively on various issues, including transgender employees in the workplace, FMLA/ADA issues, and wage and hour issues in the digital age.

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