October 08, 2021
The current surge in the COVID-19 pandemic and the availability of vaccines have led many employers to consider ways to incentivize their employees to get vaccinated. Large employers on the national stage have even announced plans to impose penalties on employees through either a vaccine mandate or surcharges on their group health plan. However, any employer that seeks to adopt one of these programs should first consult with employment law counsel to ensure they are compliant with applicable laws.
Specifically, offering incentives or imposing surcharges that are tied to vaccination status brings up several compliance concerns that need to be addressed. Consider the following compliance obligations for common designs:
Employers considering any of the above designs are best served by consulting with legal counsel. However, in an effort to provide additional education, NFP’s Benefits Compliance Team hosted a client-facing webinar on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Please view the recording and slide deck from that webinar below.
Questions and Answers from Take Your Best Shot: Compliance Considerations of COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives »