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Posted on: Jan 15, 2021

The EEOC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Update

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From Jeselskis Brinkerhoff & Joseph LLC:

On Dec. 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws” section to include information regarding employer-required COVID-19 vaccines. This information is a good resource for employers and employees given that health care employees are now getting vaccinated. As we get further into 2021 and the vaccine becomes more readily available, employers and employees are likely to have questions about whether employees can be required to get vaccinated as a term or condition of their employment. 

The recent EEOC update addresses questions pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and COVID-19 vaccines. The EEOC has pointed out that its laws “do not interfere with or prevent employers from following CDC or other federal, state, and local public health authorities’ guidelines and suggestions.” The COVID-19 pandemic is continuously changing, and any information published herein is the most accurate information available at the time. Read more.

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