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COVID-19 Vaccinations – Employer Requirements and Incentives

Recent guidance issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”) addresses many common employment issues regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, including the applicability of certain federal laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and Title VII of the of the Civil Rights Act (“Title VII”). In accordance with this EEOC guidance, an employer may require employees who are physically entering the workplace to be vaccinated for COVID-19, subject to certain “reasonable accommodations” under the ADA and Title VII for employees who are unable to get vaccinated due to a covered disability, pregnancy, or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. The guidance provides a list of examples of reasonable accommodations, such as requiring the use of face masks, social distancing, working modified shifts, periodic testing for COVID-19, and giving employees the opportunity to telework or accept a reassignment. In addition, an employer… Continue Reading

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