What employers need to know about the updated EEOC vaccine guidelines

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On May 28, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released updated questions and answers directly related to growing confusion over the implementation of immunization policies as employers seek to resume their activities. The most recent statistics from Ourworldindata.org show that more than 136 million Americans, or about 41% of the population, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, there are still a number of adults who may have questions regarding the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines available or who choose not to receive the vaccination for one reason or another. As with most things in the workplace, employers can find it difficult to please every employee or create a fair policy regarding what has become a very controversial topic. What should a responsible employer do? The EEOC has published timely advice on this matter, as many employers have set a goal of fully reopening from June 1 or gradually opening throughout the summer with the expectation of a full office. by fall.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, there have been and always will be gray areas for employers. However, below are some of the key points from the May 28 EEOC guidelines and best practices for employers.

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