Louisiana’s Largest Health System Fines Employees if Their Spouses Don’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Ochsner Health, Louisiana’s largest health system, covered by TrialSite from time to time for technological innovation, now reaches deeper into the private lives of their employees during these unprecedented times. First, they issued the mandate that employees would need to get the vaccine or lose their job. Now, however, the health system insists that employees get financially punished if their domestic sponsor or spouse can prove they have been vaccinated. Of course, this policy only applies if the partner or spouse is also covered under the health system’s employee benefit package. Specifically, the employee will be dinged a $100 “surcharge” per day until their partner or spouse gets in and gets the jab. Up to $2,400 can be taken from the employee over the year.

Starting in 2022, this “spousal COVID vaccine fee” could mean that employees get up to $2,400 deducted annually from the employee’s standard bi-weekly paycheck, reported Emily Woodruff for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The fees don’t extend to children, but the financial coercion reported here is striking, to say the least.

The news came in a letter to employees accessed by the local media.&n...

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