CUNA Mutual Group has issued a risk alert reminding credit unions that they may choose to encourage employees to seek the COVID-19 vaccination in their communities, however, they may want to stop short of requiring or mandating the COVID-19 vaccination because it is a matter of state or other applicable law.
“Credit unions should prepare, encourage the vaccination, and consider how the workplace may be impacted,” the risk alert stated.
Further, employers, in general, should consider simply encouraging employees to get the vaccine rather than requiring them to take it, the risk alert stated. If credit unions choose to implement a mandatory vaccination policy, they must ensure that the policy is consistently applied to all similarly-situated employees in order to minimize the risk of discrimination.
CUNA Mutual Group’s risk alerts may be accessed on their Protection Resource Center. Log-in is required.
Credit union professionals can learn more about the employment implications of the COVID-19 vaccine at a complimentary webinar, hosted by the New York Credit Union Association at 10 a.m. on March 23. More information about the webinar is available here.