Moments that Matter
Commitment to team health & safety
April 15, 2021 by Suzanne Walden-WellsCEO
We have received questions from board members and stakeholders regarding DMB Community Life’s vaccine policy as it relates to our team members. We are also witnessing heightened tension and impatience among residents who refuse to wear masks in our amenities now that mask requirements have been lifted in some states. Although our boards and developer partners make the final policy decisions regarding amenity use, we have complete responsibility for our employees in those amenities.
Our policy articulates our position as an employer, as well as our ongoing commitment to the health and safety of all. Each of us plays a role in ensuring your team members continue to follow protocols, including mask wearing in the office when interacting with others.
Our COVID 19 Vaccine Policy
When the COVID-19 vaccine was released for wide distribution, DMB Community Life — like many employers — adopted a position to clarify our expectations of our employees. That position is based upon guidance from the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM), Community Associations Institute (CAI), corporate legal counsel and various state and federal health organizations.
DMB Community Life strongly advocates that all team members – whether full- or part-time – receive an FDA approved COVID-19 vaccination. This position is in alignment with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local health authorities.
In addition, we have provided resources to help educate our team on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, and we have reimbursed employees for the time and expense associated with getting the vaccine. While we are in full support of 100% vaccination of our team, ultimately we must respect the rights and personal decisions of our employees.
DMB Community Life staff, including those who have received the vaccine, will continue to wear masks and practice social distancing in keeping with CDC guidelines. Although it may seem to make sense to identify those who have not received the vaccine, HIIPA regulations prevent us from making personal health data public. Further, EEOC and ADA laws stipulate that employees who opt out of the vaccination for health reasons or religious beliefs cannot be discriminated against.
We recognize that mask requirements have been lessened in some states and we are just as eager to get back to normal as everyone else. Our top priority is still the protection of those who are at risk for serious effects from COVID-19. For the protection of everyone, we will continue to require individuals to wear a mask while in our business office and/or the offices of the community associations we serve. We will continue to require a cloth or disposable face mask covering both the mouth and nose at all times while in our office interacting with staff.
We are committed to doing everything within our authority to ensure the health and safety of our teams and the communities we serve. We will continue to monitor best practices and base future decisions on the guidance of health authorities.