Surcharges for the unvaccinated: Will employer interest grow?

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Growing more desperate to boost vaccination rates among their employees, employers are moving away from carrots and toward sticks.


More employers are considering hitting unvaccinated employees with healthcare coverage surcharges as the Delta variant wreaks havoc nationwide, consultants tell HRE. Delta Airlines became one of the first well-known companies to announce it would penalize unvaccinated employees. Beginning Nov. 1, unvaccinated employees of the airline who are enrolled in its account-based healthcare plan will pay a $200 monthly surcharge.

Wade Symons of Mercer

“It’s a conversation that’s on a lot of clients’ minds,” says Wade Symons, a partner at Mercer, who says

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