Should you require vaccinations if you own a franchise? I say yes, and it’s not an option. Especially if you want to beef up your chances of being in business this time next year. This is serious stuff. So read on.
To be blunt, if you think Covid-19 is a hoax, or if you believe it exists, but you think you’ll be “just fine” if you get it, you may want to switch the flavor of the Kool-Aid you’ve been drinking…because it may kill you.
“You’re so dramatic, Joel.”
Maybe you should watch this:
If You Own A Franchise, How Bad Do You Want To Stay In Business?
Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane.
For starters, do you remember when you first started looking into becoming the owner of a franchise business? How excited you were to “the possibilities?”
For example, didn’t it feel great to not have to send in resumes and go on job interviews that were a complete waste of your time?
Furthermore, do you remember when you finally found a franchise opportunity that made sense to you?
How did it feel?
Better yet, how did you feel when you visited franchise headquarters and were able to validate that you were looking at the right franchise for you?
Wait…do you happen to remember how nervous you were when you wrote your check for the franchise fee and signed your franchise agreement? I hope so.
Finally, can you recapture the amazing feelings you had on the day of your Grand Opening?
Good. I want you to remember it all. Why?
Because if you don’t do what needs to be done...and soon, you can kiss your franchise business goodbye.
Should You Require Vaccinations If You Own A Franchise? Yes. Do It Now!
Be forewarned; this is going to take courage.
Almost as much courage as when you told the franchise representative at headquarters you were ready to move forward and buy the franchise. Here goes.
I want you to call your Franchise Attorney (the one you used when you bought your franchise business) and ask him if he would be kind enough to draw up a simple one- page document stating the following:
Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccination’s Required For All Employees
Effective immediately, all employees must be vaccinated for Covid-19.
This means that all employees will need to show proof of vaccination before they’re permitted to work at this place of business.
Hey…I’m not an attorney, but you get the gist.
To that end, I’m pretty confident your attorney will provide the proper words needed to make the document legal.
Wait…can companies require employees to get vaccinated? Can franchise owners require that all of their employees get vaccinated?
Yes, and that’s according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“Employers can legally require COVID-19 vaccination for employees to re-enter the workplace and can provide incentives to encourage employees to get a shot. Here are the specifics.
Update: More Information For Franchisees On The Legalities Of Vaccination Mandates
“Before you issue your mandate, though, it is important to remember a couple things,” says attorney Christopher Ernst, the Entrepreneurial General Counsel. “First off, not everyone can receive the vaccine. For instance, the Center for Disease Control notes that research has not yet been completed for people who are immunocompromised or have auto-immune issues. As such, the safety and efficacy of the vaccines for this people is up in the air. To mandate vaccines for someone who has a medical issue could backfire. Secondly, some people have religious issues with vaccines. To force them to be vaccinated could be a restriction on their freedom of religion.” As Ernst notes in his article Mandatory COVID Vaccinations?, you want to be careful that you don’t inadvertently violate the ADA or Title VII.
Look. I know you’re worried about some of the legal ramifications, losing employees, getting bad press, and probably a few other things. Like the fact that you can barely even find employees these days. I understand. But you know what I’m worried about? Read the next section to find out.
On Death, Potential Permanent Health Problems, And The Loss Of Your Franchise Business
I’m worried that if your employees aren’t vaccinated, they’ll spread this virus to your customers. And you should be worried, too.
That means your customers could die.
Or they could get sick and potentially have permanent organ damage.
But for sure, they can (and will) spread the virus to others.
Do You Remember When Everything Spiraled Out Of Control?
If things continue going like they are now (July 22, 2021), we’re going to have a repeat of last winter (2020). That would suck.
Or how many businesses had to reduce their hours…or close their doors permanently?
My question to you is this: can your business survive another massive outbreak of this virus?
Seriously, are you prepared to lose your franchise business? Your livelihood?
Are you at all worried about that? I am.
Lastly, will you do me a favor?
I want you to take your political hat off and watch this video from MSNBC.
And please. I don’t care if you hate MSNBC, like MSNBC, or you “never watch the news.”
Please watch the video below and see what physicians are saying in real-time.
Because your business and your life may depend on it.
One More Thing
Please use the buttons below to share this post on your social networks and with anyone you know who owns a franchise or is involved in franchising. Why?
So you can do business this year, next year, and beyond.
Remember: the only way to get control of Covid-19 and the Delta Variant is to get our vaccinations rates as close to 100% as possible. And that will change everything.
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