As COVID-19 is back on the rise throughout the United States and various vaccine trials are occurring, employers are beginning to consider COVID-19 vaccine mandates for all their employees. While no vaccine has been approved yet, predictions point to a possible release by the end of the year. The vaccine is not expected to be readily available until mid-2021 for the general public, which makes it difficult for most employers to mandate vaccination at least until 2021. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has yet to release guidance on COVID-19 vaccine so it is best to consider guidelines discussing flu vaccines for now. Although there are necessary accommodations due to federal legislation, vaccine programs are permissible.
Melody Saveall Senior Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2018 With Halloween already past and the holiday season just ahead, it is important to remember the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidances on respecting employees’ religious beliefs, and reasonably accommodating them. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 governs these policies and …