The EEOC just issued guidance on which employers can incentivize employees to get a COVID vaccine. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
From cash payments to paid time off for employees who get vaccinated, employers have been offering big incentives for their employees to get a COVID vaccine. But if the employer is giving out the vaccine itself, that concerns the EEOC. Because vaccinations require employees to answer pre-vaccination disability-related screening questions, according to the EEOC, a very large incentive could make employees feel pressured to disclose protected medical information, if it’s the employer who is providing the vaccine, which could violate the law. But that incentive limitation doesn’t apply if an employer offers an incentive to employees just to provide documentation that they got the vaccine elsewhere. So employers are free to say there’s a whole lotta goodies if you just show proof that you were vaccinated elsewhere.
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