EEOC Issues Guidance To Employers About COVID Issues, Including Vaccine Mandates and Incentives

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The EEOC issued guidance on May 28 about what employers may or may not do about a wide range of COVID issues, including vaccine mandates and incentives.  For example:

  • May employers require employees to be vaccinated?  Yes, but subject to reasonable accommodations for disabilities and other EEO considerations.
  • May employers offer an incentive to employees who voluntarily provide proof of vaccination?  Yes
  • May employers offer an incentive to employees who voluntarily receive a vaccination administered by the employer or its agent?  Yes, if the incentive (which includes both rewards and penalties) is not so substantial as to be coercive. 

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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