The latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which were announced on March 8, 2021, give employers compelling reasons to encourage their workforce to get the Covid-19 vaccination. We, in turn, should encourage employers to make all reasonable and necessary accommodations to ensure that their interested employees and loved ones are able to receive the vaccine as soon as possible. Construction Executive has some good, practical advice for you to consider.
The following is an excerpt from Construction Executive on January 5, 2021. The full article can be found here.
“The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued guidance suggesting that employers may mandate that employees receive the COVID-19 vaccination, subject to certain limitations. The EEOC has taken the position that administration of the COVID-19 vaccine does not implicate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because administration of the vaccine is not a medical examination. Under the EEOC’s guidance, employers, regardless of the industry, may require that employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine without having to justify that the mandate is job related and consistent with business necessity. Beyond that, construction employers should be aware of numerous issues and risks associated with mandatory vaccine policies.”