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February webinar: The ethics of vaccination

February 26 @ 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Join Ethical Reading for our February webinar to discuss the ethics of vaccination – the moral and practical workplace issues.

Topic Introduction:

At last, there is some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel with the arrival of the Coronavirus vaccines. Whilst this is a very welcome development, it does raise some difficult ethical questions for the individual and the organisation.

We will have two domain experts to help us navigate these knotty issues: Professor Brad Hooker and Emma O’Connor, Associate Senior Solicitor and Head of Training at Boyes Turner LLP.

Some people think they would be very nearly as safe without getting the vaccine if enough other people get vaccinated. And some other people might sincerely believe (what most take to be a falsehood) that the vaccine is a hoax.

The question we’re intending to address during this online event is: ‘what are the ethically legitimate ways for business to deal with such people, be those people employees, suppliers, or customers?’

Brad will propose and assess some possible answers to this ethical question, whilst Emma will address the following issues:

• Can employers enforce a “no jab, no show policy”?

• Are there any sectors where it might be an acceptable policy?

• What are the legal issues and risks?

• How would such a policy impact on employee relations?

You will also have a chance to ask questions, so remember to register promptly for this important session.

About the Speakers: Professor Brad Hooker

Brad Hooker has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Princeton and a doctorate in Philosophy from Oxford. He worked at Virginia Commonwealth University before moving to University of Reading in 1993. His book Ideal Code, Real World: a Rule-consequentialist Theory of Morality was published by Oxford University Press in 2000.

Brad has published 80 articles and edited or co-edited 7 collections of new essays. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Utilitas from 2011-2016, and has been an associate editor of various other journals. He was on the Executive Committee of the Mind Association 1998-2005 and the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association 2003-2009. His recent research has been on fairness and on financial regulation.

About the Speakers: Emma O’ Connor

Emma is a senior associate – solicitor and Head of Training in the Employment team. She designs and delivers employment law, compliance and awareness courses to HR teams, managers and wider employee populations. Emma has a particular focus on leadership issues and managing remotely as well as advising on employment aspects of the coronavirus measures.

Areas of expertise:

• Employment law

• Employment and HR training

• Employment and HR advice

• Leadership and development

Agenda of the February 2021 Webinar:

This is an online meet up through Zoom platform. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. Please scroll to the bottom of the email to the ‘Additional Information’ section to see instructions for joining this webinar.

13:00 – 13:05pm: Welcome and introduction to the Speakers

13:05 – 13:25pm: Presentation of the topic by Prof. Brad Hooker

13:25 – 13:45pm: Presentation of the topic by Emma O’Connor

13:45 – 13:55pm: Questions from the audience & discussion

13:55 – 14:00pm: Wrap-up and mentions of relevant upcoming events, etc.

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February 26
1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
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