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Federal Government Updates Guidance for Employers on Vaccination Requirements

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last week clarified that federal equal employment opportunity laws do not prohibit employers from requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, as long as the employers meet relevant provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The update also clarified that employers may offer incentives for employees to get vaccinated. To learn more, click here, and for FAQs on the issue, click here (and scroll down to “COVID-19 Vaccinations: EEO Overview”).

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