Each employer subject to this order must decide how they will enforce this requirement with their employees. Disciplinary action is one of the consequences employers may choose to impose in order to gain compliance, which is the goal of the Public Health Order. Employers should work with their human resources partners to maintain vaccine information. Further, employers are advised to coordinate with their human resources team to provide reasonable accommodations to those eligible for exemptions from the vaccine. Each employer will be responsible for making that determination.
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) is the regulatory agency that has enforcement authority over this requirement pursuant to Chapter 24 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code, and vaccination and exemption records must be made available to DDPHE upon request.
Ultimately, the City’s goal is to achieve compliance, not to penalize employers. DDPHE is hopeful that impacted employers will work diligently to comply with the order. However, if an organization is out of compliance with the public health order, the City may issue a citation, which could include fines and penalties.
How will claims of violation of the vaccine mandate be handled and enforced?
DDPHE will respond to and investigate any claims of violations of the order as received or as DDPHE becomes aware. DDPHE may also conduct proactive monitoring to assess compliance rates across industries and settings.