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The Vaccine Mandate: What Employers Need to Know for Compliance

Employment lawyers weigh in on the federal vaccine mandate
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The Vaccine Mandate: What Employers Need to Know for Compliance

OSHA’s new emergency temporary standard (ETS) means employers with 100 or more employees must require vaccinations or weekly COVID-19 testing.

In this webinar recording, California employment lawyers Gregory Hare and Christopher Olmsted demystify the mandate’s legalese and clearly explain how your organization can avoid the penalties and fees for noncompliance.

They’ll address concerns such as:

  • How to handle refusals and medical accommodation
  • Who is expected to pay for the cost of vaccination and weekly tests
  • The best way to respond to employees who threaten to leave

Decipher the need-to-know points for compliance in this one-hour webinar.

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Original air date: October 15, 2021


Gregory Hare has been an employment lawyer at Ogletree Deakins his entire career, ever since 1991. He assists companies with human resources and employment-related litigation matters, including wrongful termination claims, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, employment contracts, trade secrets, and non-compete agreements.

He advises clients on a wide range of human resources topics, such as drug testing, employee discipline and discharge, severance planning, independent contractor classifications, wage payment, family and medical leave, disability law, military leave, joint employment issues, affirmative action and reductions in force.

Mr. Hare also counsels clients on traditional labor relations matters involving union avoidance, decertification, strike contingency planning, double-breasting, grievance administration and arbitration, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice litigation, and other matters involving the National Labor Relations Board, including “protected concerted activity” cases.

Mr. Hare encourages companies to develop proactive human resources strategies that will minimize exposure to costly litigation and disputes. This commonly includes conducting comprehensive employment law compliance audits, employment policy design and review, management training and counseling, and simulated problem-solving workshops.

Chris Olmsted has 25 years of experience litigating employment law claims. During that time, he has helped clients respond to just about every type of employment-related lawsuit that can be filed in California (and seriously, in California it’s a long list!).

Mr. Olmsted leads a group of compliance attorneys at the Ogletree Deakins San Diego office. He also serves as a member of the firm’s California Advice Group, a network of California attorneys who lend expertise to the clients of Ogletree Deakins’ attorneys in our offices across the nation.

Mr. Olmsted has represented clients in state and federal trials, arbitration proceedings, and administrative law hearings. He also has experience representing clients on appeals before California state and federal courts of appeal.

Mr. Olmsted has served as an instructor at Cal State University San Marcos, teaching a course titled “Legal Issues for HR Professionals” as part of the Human Resource Management Certificate Program. He is frequently an invited speaker for various industry groups, and regularly publishes employment law articles.