What employers need to know about COVID-19 vaccinations

Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are now being widely distributed across the country. As the vaccines become more readily available, this presentation will answer questions on the extent to which employers can implement mandatory vaccination policies, while remaining mindful of employees needing accommodation for disabilities or bona fide religious beliefs. Undoubtedly, employees will also expect their HR teams to provide additional information on the timeline for vaccinations and the efficacy of different vaccines.

Labor and Employment attorneys Ben Traverse and Amy Resnick will lead a conversation with public health experts, including Vermont DFR Commissioner Michael Pieciak and UVMMC infectious disease physician and director of clinical ethics, Dr. Tim Lahey, to help provide HR professionals with the information necessary to answer important employee questions.

Bring your questions (or email them ahead of time) to this interactive event!

Guest Speakers

Dr. Timothy P. LaheyDr. Tim Lahey is an infectious disease physician and director of clinical ethics at the University of Vermont Medical Center. He is also professor of medicine at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM in Burlington, VT. He specializes in HIV and other infectious diseases, and clinical ethics. His research includes HIV care, tuberculosis epidemiology, medical education and clinical ethics.

Dr. Lahey enjoys a team approach to challenging decisions and the care of people with HIV and other infectious diseases.

Michael PieciakMichael S. Pieciak is commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation. He was first appointed by Gov. Peter Shumlin in July 2016 and reappointed by Gov. Phil Scott in December 2016.

Commissioner Pieciak serves as the chief regulator of Vermont’s financial services sector, including the insurance, captive insurance, banking and securities industries. Commissioner Pieciak previously served as deputy commissioner of the Department’s Securities Division, where he led the Division’s investigation into the Jay Peak EB-5 projects. Commissioner Pieciak is the past president of the North American Securities Administrators Association, a member of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies and member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.


Monique Trono