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.

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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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