"IU Health's top priority is the health and well-being of our patients," the hospital announced in a press release.
"As a trusted leader in caring for people and advancing health, we are responsible for delivering the best care in the safest environment.
While a flu vaccine offers the greatest protection against the virus, mandating it carries its own logistical costs and can lead to unhappy employees.
During the last flu season, a hospital in northern Indiana fired eight workers who refused to get vaccines against the seasonal disease.
Each flu season, nearly 111 million workdays are lost because of the flu, the US Department of Health & Human Services has found.
The Proliferation of Employment Laws In addition to the NLRA, employees and employers are subject to a rapidly growing number of federal and state employment laws covering a variety of circumstances, and the list keeps growing.According to several media reports, IU Health Goshen Hospital had instituted a policy requiring employees to get flu shots.Several employees balked at getting the shots and tried to seek exemptions.The NLRA also protects employees against discrimination or discharge for any lawful concerted activity aimed at improving workplace conditions.This "concerted activity" may include protesting to a government agency about undesirable situations at the workplace, or even in some cases, walking off the job to avoid an obviously dangerous condition.
Generally, the NLRB does not accept the notion that when an individual employee complains about a workplace condition (such as wages) that he is in fact or by implication speaking on behalf of his fellow workers.