Date: 02/04/2021
Time: 1 pm eastern
Run Time: 90 minutes including Q & A session
Leader: Dr. Jim Castagnera, Attorney at Law
Credits: Awarded 1.5 credit hours by HRCI and 1.5 PDCs by SHRM
Price: Webinar $295; Webinar + Download $349 (Share the download with your colleagues)
Audience: Executive directors, CEOs, board members, HR, benefits, finance, managers and supervisors, in-house counsel


As the new coronavirus vaccine becomes more available over the next several months, nonprofits are wondering how much freedom they will have to urge their employees and volunteers to take the vaccine, sponsor educational programs, or to require their employees and volunteers to receive the vaccine. This is unchartered territory. The closest parallel is the seasonal flu where, while not perfectly clear, employers in general, with only limited exceptions for health care workers, are discouraged from requiring the seasonal flu vaccine.

There are many unanswered questions. Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera, as he assists nonprofits to sort through the many and conflicting requirements and to develop policies and procedures which respect the rights of the worker and volunteer while maintaining workplace safety and productivity.


During this informative program Dr. Castagnera will discuss:

  • Current federal and state requirements relating to urging, facilitating, or requiring that employees and volunteers to take the new vaccine
  • What can be learned from the example of the seasonal flu. The special case of healthcare workers
  • Important policies and procedures to have in place and what modifications may be required for the current period
  • The latest Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirement that all employers maintain a safe and healthy workplace
  • Responding to requests to be excused from the requirement. Recognized Equal Employment Opportunity Commission exemptions and permitted exemptions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • If an employee or volunteer gets sick, can the nonprofit be sued? Should you seek a waiver?”
  • Exemptions for pregnancy and an existing disability
  • Past severe allergic reactions as a reason for refusing
  • Centers for Disease Control guidance relating to persons with life threatening health conditions
  • Examples of encouraging and facilitating employees and volunteers
  • Maintaining privacy rights
  • Using the interactive process to determine the type of accommodation that may be required and avoiding claims of discrimination
  • How to discipline or not discipline employees and volunteers who refuse
  • Can a nonprofit require their employees and volunteers who are teleworking to return to the workplace?
  • Responding to co-worker complaints about employees and volunteers who refuse


Dr. Jim Castagnera is an employment and labor attorney with more than 36 years’ experience. He is a sought-after speaker on coronavirus and other HR-compliance topics, an experienced professor, successful author, and accomplished consultant who assists his clients in meeting their current HR compliance challenges with clear and practical solutions. He holds a JD and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University. Following ten years as an employment and labor lawyer with a major Philadelphia law firm, he served for 23 years as in-house legal counsel at Rider University. With 20 published books, mostly on HR-law topics, he teaches HR compliance in Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and is the chief consultant of Holland Media Services, with offices in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.