Background check and screening solution company iprospectcheck.com conducted a survey of 3,000 employees and found almost half (42%) of Michigan employees think it should be a mandatory requirement to disclose one’s vaccine status to an employer. This compares to a national average of 57%.
Workers in Massachusetts and Hawaii were most supportive of the idea with 79% of employees saying improper disclosure of vaccine status should result in disciplinary action. By comparison, employees in Louisiana seemed slightly more apprehensive of disclosing this information at work, but 31% were still in agreement.
“The idea of being required to disclose one’s vaccine status to an employer can be a contentious one. However, as employers begin to require employees to return to the office, the health and safety of all employees is a very high priority for employers,” said Matthew Rodgers, president of iprospectcheck.
Among all workers surveyed, 42% said they should have the right to take legal action against their employer if there are inadequate safeguards against unvaccinated colleagues at work, and 16% even believe improper disclosure of vaccine status should lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination of the employee. Additionally, 14% think improper disclosure should lead to employee suspension.
To maintain a high level of safety, 55% of employees said it should be mandatory for all staff to take daily COVID-19 tests in the workplace as a precaution. Lastly, it also was found 42% of employees would be more concerned about sharing a workplace with an unvaccinated colleague than one who has a lengthy criminal record.