What Employers Need to Know Now That COVID-19 Vaccinations Have Begun

Can employers require employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine? This week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance on vaccines, confirming that employers are permitted to implement mandatory vaccination policies under federal law.

OMA Connections Partner Frantz Ward has provided this summary of the EEOC guidance, while Connections Partner Dinsmore has published this list of potential employer questions.

OMA general counsel Bricker & Eckler advises that “employers should begin developing plans for whether they want to mandate the vaccine, and if so, how they will administer such a program to ensure compliance with all applicable laws.”

In this list of “seven things you should know,” OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips writes that although the EEOC permits mandated vaccinations, “most employers should consider encouraging rather than mandating vaccinations due to potential related risks.” 12/17/20