December 16, 2020

Greg Abrams Discusses EEOC’s Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine and Workplace Bias Issues with Bloomberg Law

In the article “EEOC Issues Covid Vaccine Guidance on Workplace Bias Issues (2),” Bloomberg Law turned to labor and employment partner Greg Abrams for insight on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) newly updated guidance on the COVID-19 vaccine in relation to issues surrounding workplace bias and what it means for employers.

Under the EEOC’s guidance, employers who require their employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine must meet certain requirements under federal antidiscrimination laws that protect disabled and religious employees.

Abrams told the publication that the sections of the updated guidance that touch on accommodations were particularly helpful, explaining, “I think employers may assume, ‘OK, you could just have someone telework,’ but there’s some potential that you may need to accommodate them even at the workplace.” Abrams said it also opens the possibility of an unvaccinated employee potentially not returning to work — a previously open question.

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