EEOC Issues New FAQs on COVID-19 Vaccine Programs and Incentives

Thu June 3, 2021

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated and added answers to its frequently asked questions (FAQs) to its existing guidance on May 28, 2021. The FAQs are helpful guidance on how employers should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) while also observing all applicable emergency workplace safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new and updated FAQs clarify the types of programs employers may have to ensure their employees receive COVID-19 vaccinations. They also address the extent to which employers may require or provide incentives for employees and/or family members to receive vaccines. The new FAQs also provide expanded guidance on the types of information employers may request or require as part of their workplace vaccination policies and programs.

Employers should follow the most current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines and suggestions, along with state and local anti-discrimination laws as well. Employers with 15 or more employees should also become familiar with and follow the guidance provided in all of the EEOC's FAQs about ADA compliance. Please contact your HR and benefits providers for more information.