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  • 20 Oct 2021 1:31 AM
    Message # 11649290
    Deleted user

    Hi there,

    as some organizations are incorporating a vaccination policy for employees, are there any discussions on the same for their boards, if so how is it being addressed and/or implemented especially if not all directors feel the same about vaccinations.

    Would greatly appreciate any feedback.

  • 20 Oct 2021 8:23 AM
    Reply # 11663351 on 11649290
    Deleted user

    Hi Michelle - our staff vax policy applies to board members also.  Full stop.  The CEO advised the Board at a recent meeting and we've had no pushback that I am aware of.  Things might be a bit messier if some of your directors are resistant but hopefully your chair will take the lead on resolving issues.

    I hope that helps.


  • 20 Oct 2021 11:22 AM
    Reply # 11669486 on 11649290

    Tone from the top. Since the policy applies to employees then it should apply to the Board. 

  • 21 Oct 2021 8:03 AM
    Reply # 11709311 on 11649290
    Deleted user

    Same approach for us, a top-down approach. The Board should be demonstrating to staff that they too are supportive and following the Policy.

  • 21 Oct 2021 11:27 AM
    Reply # 11716641 on 11649290
    Deleted user

    I don't think a corporate policy can be made mandatory on the board unless they expressly agree to be bound by it (effectively making it a board-level policy).  A corporate policy requiring vaccination to enter the premises might be enforceable but I'm not sure it could be used to deprive a director of their right to attend and participate in a meeting. 

    So we were ready to provide accommodation (virtual option) in case one or more directors were unable or unwilling to vaccinate. 

    But like others on this thread we dodged the issue because our board voluntarily chose to follow the corporate policy insofar as meeting attendance is concerned (but other aspects of employee policy won't apply to them, like consent to disclose vaccination status, since it's not relevant to directors). 

    It also became a bit of a moot issue for us because our next in-person meetings are off-site and the venue is has mandatory proof-of-vaccination requirements for attendees (as dictated by provincial and municipal medical officers of health requirements). 

    I agree with other posters that it's great if the board can lead by example and agree to abide by the corporation's vaccination policy but based on statistical vaccination rates I think you should be ready to accommodate one or more directors who are unable or unwilling to do so.   

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