EEOC releases expanded technical assistance addressing EEO laws, COVID-19 vaccines

Commission makes clear employers are able to offer incentives for vaccinations     

Washington — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released updated guidance May 28 addressing concerns about federal equal employment opportunity laws and COVID-19.

The expanded EEOC technical assistance says that employers are not prevented from requiring workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 provided they comply with the reasonable accommodation provisions of the American Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, according to a news release.

The updated guidance also said federal equal employment opportunity laws don’t “prevent or limit employers” from offering incentives to employees to voluntarily provide documentation of vaccination.

In February, the ADA and more than 40 stakeholders sent a letter to the commission asking it to issue guidance regarding employer-provided incentives and the COVID-19 vaccine.