(Recorded Workshop) Navigating Vaccine Mandates and Anti-Discrimination Laws for Head Start Programs

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The U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan rollout of both the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen Biotech Inc. (of Johnson & Johnson) vaccines has begun and other vaccine candidates are entering their final phases of testing. On March 3, 2021, President Biden announced that staff in child care, Head Start and Early Head Start settings would have vaccine priority. As more and more vaccines become available to distribute throughout the country, Head Start programs must evaluate the risk management considerations associated with COVID-19 vaccination of both staff and the children and families they serve. Over the past year, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS) has provided ongoing guidance on how to continue operating Head Start programs in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, including a recent series of webinars on how programs may assist their staff in getting vaccinated. However, many questions still remain.  For example:

  • Can Head Start programs as employers or state and local licensing entities require staff to take the vaccine? 
  • Can Head Start programs incentivize vaccination through compensation or bonuses?
  • What happens if staff members express religious concerns about the vaccines? 
  • What if staff have health concerns about receiving the vaccines?  

In this interactive training, we will answer these questions and more. We will also explore legal and compliance considerations associated with the COVID-19 vaccine and how Head Start programs can mitigate the relevant risks associated with human resources and compensation considerations.

Target Audience

  • Human Resources Managers and Staff
  • Compliance Officers
  • CEOs, COOs, CMOs

Learning Objectives

After this training, you will be able to:

  • Discuss emerging risks related to the COVID-19 vaccination during your organization's COVID-19 response
  • Evaluate employment law considerations related to decisions to require the vaccine when staff are reluctant to receive the vaccine and or plan to refuse the vaccine
  • Identify strategies to ensure compliance with federal grant requirements under the cost principles for complex compensations issues that arise related to COVID-19 vaccination
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.50 Certificate of Attendance
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Nicole, a Partner at FTLF, works in the firm’s Federal Grants, Litigation, and Health Law practice groups. Nicole offers her clients specialized guidance in compliance with federal grant law including specific programmatic requirements as well as the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements of Federal Awards. Nicole represents a variety of community-based organizations, before State and Federal courts as well as administrative bodies. [Full Bio]


A Partner in the firm’s health law practice group, Molly advises health centers on the management of clinical, employment and workforce-related risks, with a particular focus on professional liability, Federal Tort Claims Act, and HIPAA matters. From her experience as both a private attorney and in-house counsel, Molly knows the importance of managing liability and risk issues in mission-driven organizations. [Full Bio]


As Partner and Compliance Counsel with the firm’s health law practice group, Dianne advises health centers on implementing effective compliance programs and on addressing top compliance risk areas. Dianne counsels health centers and other organizations on developing compliance programs that include the OIG’s seven elements, respond to identified compliance risk areas, and reflect the organization’s culture.  Dianne also advises health centers and other organizations on patient privacy and confidentiality, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule and 42 CFR Part 2.  She has experience responding to privacy and security incidents, including determining whether there has been a breach, notifying patients and the government, and creating corrective action plans. [Full Bio]


Serving as Managing Partner of the firm since 2003, and a member of the Health Law and Federal Grants practices since 1992, Ted focuses his practice on helping organizations to solve problems. Ted’s expertise in financial, cost reporting, reimbursement, and administrative issues is widely recognized, and illustrated by his selection as a 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in health care. Ted routinely handles challenging issues for clients such as government audits, internal investigations, and litigation. [Full Bio]

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Available Credit

  • 2.50 Certificate of Attendance


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This webinar is closed to new enrollments. For more Head Start trainings, click here.


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