Let’s work together
to keep our
“We have stood with the business community throughout this pandemic and seen the devastation it’s had on companies and our economy as a whole,” Patrick Chapin, President and CEO of Business High Point, said. “To mitigate ongoing impact, we’re providing business owners all the resources and information they need to keep their workplaces, and our community healthy.”Patrick Chapin, CEO of Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce
With COVID-19 cases on the rise in North Carolina due to the Delta variant, protecting your employees, and our community, is critical. You can help prevent the spread of the virus and keep High Point happy and healthy by taking the Our Shot Safety Pledge.
The OUR SHOT Safety Pledge is a promise
to take one or more of
ATTEND THE WEBINAR “COVID-19 Safety for Your Company – What Businesses Need to Know Now”
Tue., Sept. 21st at 10am
We’ll loop you in on the latest vaccine legislation, research and opportunities for your employees. Featuring:
Dr. Iulia Vann, Public Health Director, Guilford County
OFFER PAID COVID-19 LEAVE — AND GET TAX CREDITS BACK
The risk of losing income can make or break an employee’s decision to get vaccinated. Paid leave gives your employees the security they need to get protected, and your business can receive immediate tax credits through the American Rescue Plan.
Why is Business High Point-Chamber of Commerce launching this campaign?
Business High Point-Chamber of Commerce is launching this campaign so High Point businesses and employees will have access to all key materials and public resources available to stay informed, safe and healthy. We have seen the dramatic effect COVID-19 has already had on our business community, and hope to minimize the ongoing impact as the pandemic continues.
Is this a community-wide initiative?
Yes. High Point is a large, diverse community with a strong workforce. Several community partners, including the High Point Community Foundation, the Foundation for a Healthy High Point and the Guilford County Public Health Department support this initiative by providing resources and services to those who take the OUR SHOT Safety Pledge. Our goal is to make all their resources available to businesses in all areas of High Point.
Does Business High Point-Chamber of Commerce offer any specific recommendations related to COVID-19?
We recommend that employers stay up to date on the latest scientific, legal and policy information. By gathering and sharing resources from trusted, non-partisan sources such as Guilford County Public Health Department and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, we hope to help all High Point business owners make smart decisions for themselves, their employees and our community.
Can employers mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees?
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) allows employers to mandate vaccination for employees with rare exemptions including employees with certain disabilities or religious conflicts.
Rather than mandating vaccinations, employers can implement a vaccine encouragement policy. An encouragement policy frees an employer from the obligation to perform disability and religious accommodation investigations unless incentives are offered to vaccinated employees.
Find more detailed COVID-19 guidance from the EEOC here.