Federal Agency Says Employers Can Require Workers to Get COVID Vaccine

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The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidelines last week claiming that requiring a COVID test would not violate the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, and that, though employers can’t require certain medical exams like blood tests, the COVID vaccine does not apply. Critics conclude that this is how the COVID vaccine will be enforced: through businesses, much like how the COVID social distancing and masks measures were enforced nationwide. -GEG

A federal agency announced last week that employers can legally require their workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine, and can prevent them from entering the workplace if they refuse.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidelines Wednesday claiming that requiring a COVID test would not violate the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, and that though employers can’t require certain medical exams like blood tests, the COVID vaccine does not apply.

“If a vaccine is administered to an employee by an employer for protection against contracting COVID-19, the employer is not seeking information about an individual’s impairments or current health status and, therefore, it is not a medical examination,” the commission said.

“There are many reasons that may explain why an employee has not been vaccinated, which may or may not be disability-related,” it added.

This is how the COVID vaccine will be enforced: through businesses, much like how the COVID social distancing and masks measures were enforced nationwide.

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FreeOregon
FreeOregon
3 months ago

A boon to self-employment.

Pam
Pam
3 months ago

EEOC’s opinion is not binding law. It just means they won’t entertain complaints from workers about the vaccine. Anyone facing this requirement from their employer should see an attorney. There are other avenues for recourse besides the EEOC. Frankly, the EEOC has always been an ineffective agency that does very little to protect anyone’s rights. Looks good, sounds good, does nothing.

Eowyn
Eowyn
3 months ago

But it is a violation of the religious liberty.

Lyn P
Lyn P
3 months ago

It’s looking shakier by the week, but ultimately we have to hope for judicial negation of this increasing “rule by non-elected agency.”

It’s looking more and more to me like abolition of these agencies supposedly in existence to protect the public — EEOC, OSHA, CDC, NIH, EPA, ETC.!! — would be actually a great boon to quality of life.