Taking a Shot: Legal Considerations Regarding Covid-19 Vaccines

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Recorded On: 01/27/2021

This program is sponsored by Essential StaffCare


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued guidance that makes it clear employers can require employees to receive Covid-19 vaccinations under certain circumstances and with certain exceptions. But even where employers can mandate employee vaccinations, they may face other legal issues—such as related state laws, allowable employee objections, and the validity of their medical policies and vaccine administration processes.

During this webinar, attendees will learn

  • What EEOC guidance says about mandating vaccines in the workplace
  • What considerations relating to the Occupational Safety and Health Act might apply to Covid-19 vaccines and the effect of these vaccines on workplace safety
  • How state legislation might prevent employers from mandating employee vaccines


Benjamin D. Briggs, partner, labor and employment, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Karla Grossenbacher, partner, labor and employment, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Karla Grossenbacher



Over her 25-year career, Karla has a strong track record of obtaining summary judgment for her clients in employment litigation. She also advises a wide variety of clients—nonprofits, emerging companies, and Fortune 500 companies—on labor and employment matters, as well as compliance matters related to workplace privacy, such as rolling out biometric technology in the workplace, responding to security incidents involving employee data, and the ability to monitor electronic employee communications in connection with an investigation, lawsuit, or other workplace action. Karla has also handled workplace investigations involving government officials accused of harassment, C-suite officers accused of sexual assault, harassment, and other inappropriate conduct in the workplace.

Karla helps clients with all manner of day-to-day compliance matters and defending employment claims. Her main focus is advising on workplace privacy matters.

Karla is the chair of the Washington, DC, office's Labor and Employment practice, the head of the firm's Workplace Privacy team, and co-chair of the firm's Workplace Biometric Privacy Compliance and Litigation group.

Benjamin D. Briggs, Esq.


Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Briggs is a partner in the labor and employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and serves as co-chairman of the firm’s workplace safety and health practice group. His practice focuses on employment-related litigation and compliance counseling involving federal and state statutes that govern employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour issues, employee leave issues, and workplace safety and health. Briggs represents and counsels clients in matters involving the protection of trade secrets and the enforcement of noncompete agreements and other restrictive covenants. He has successfully represented employers in a wide range of industries, including staffing, building and consumer products, technology, retail, automotive, distribution, utilities, insurance services, construction, and media in federal and state courts throughout the U.S.


Taking a Shot: Legal Considerations Regarding Covid-19 Vaccines
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1.0 Legal CE Hour credit  |  Certificate available
1.0 Legal CE Hour credit  |  Certificate available