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Vaccination Mandates Result in Obligatory Firings, Causing Reference Headaches for Job Seekers

Have you been fired or have you quit for not being vaccinated. Countless employers nationwide are firing or modifying employment status of those who will not get vaccinated. Plus some employees are leaving rather than get vaccinated. If you are one of those affected, how do you navigate the implications to best ensure that a lack of being vaccinated affects not only your last job, but your future employment opportunities as well?

Overall, your objective should be to minimize potential damage by discussing – ideally at the time of your exit interview before leaving your last employer – how they will respond when contacted by potential new employers.

4 key questions to discuss with the employer:

  1. Will I be eligible for rehire status in the future if I get the vaccination or the company decides that it should be mandatory?
  2. When you offer a reference for me, will you agree to confirm that I am eligible for rehire or, at a minimum, give a neutral response? (This will not cause toxic “not eligible for rehire” response.)
  3. Overall, what will you tell a prospective employer when your name or HR is given as a reference?
  4. Will you allow me to collect unemployment, thus considered a layoff?

In this special episode, Jim Stroud speaks with Jeff Shane - President of Allison & Taylor. Together they discuss the above questions, the latest Supreme Court ruling on President Biden's mandates and other things job seekers should be considering. Among them: Are potential new employers allowed to ask your former employer if you were terminated due to your refusal to be vaccinated?

Big thanks to Jeff Shane and Allison & Taylor!

Allison & Taylor, Reference & Background Checking  -  Since 1982  Over 30 years of experience in professional reference checking and employment verification. Our reference check company has been featured on,, ("Top Executive Site"
FORBES Magazine.) Also featured in the Wall Street Journal;, Glamour Magazine, New Woman Magazine, Worth Magazine, The Detroit News, and The St. Petersburg Times.  Allison & Taylor partners with professional companies and websites including,,,, ResumeDirector, and more.

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