Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a statement that the federal laws don’t prevent private employers to require their employees from getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
However, EEOC stated that the federal laws may require those private employers to provide accommodation to those who cannot receive the vaccine to a condition beyond their control such as health, religious beliefs. Such accommodations could be letting them work in a socially distanced environment or even remote work.
EEOC also emphasized that not everyone has fast & easy access to vaccines, so they should keep that in mind while creating COVID-19 vaccine requirement guidelines.
The big question: “Can employers offer an incentive to get vaccines? “
Yes, they can offer incentives that encourage their employees to get vaccinated, but it should not be a requirement. There is no limit on what these incentives could be, including cash, paid time off, vacations. However, employers must keep vaccination information pursuant to the ADA.
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