EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance

Volume: 19 | Issue: 76
December 17, 2020

Yesterday, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its COVID-19 guidance to address vaccines by adding a new section, Section K, to its publication “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.” Section K answers questions about whether administering or requiring COVID-19 vaccines implicates employees’ rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The EEOC provides guidance for employers on how to navigate the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) without violating these laws. The EEOC explains: “The EEO laws do not interfere with or prevent employers from following CDC or other federal, state, and local public health authorities’ guidelines and suggestions.”

If you have questions about this update or vaccines, please contact a KZA attorney.

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