This is being provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice.PDF Version AvailableQ: May we mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for our employees? A: Yes. It is permissible, but employers should carefully analyze whether they want to mandate vaccination or strongly encourage it. A mandate may implicate the ADA, Title VII, GINA and others. If an employee voices a religious objection or is unable to be vaccinated on account of a disability, an accommodation excusing the
An employee calls in sick to work. Can you ask them about their symptoms?Yes, an employer may ask if an employee is experiencing COVID19 symptoms such as fever, cough or chills. All health information about an employee illness must be kept confidential. The EEOC provides the following in its flu/pandemic guidance: “If pandemic influenza is like seasonal influenza or spring/summer 2009 H1N1, these inquiries are not disability-related. If pandemic influenza becomes severe, the inquiries, even if
In light of growing concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the updated guidance about limiting or eliminating work-related travel and large events from local officials and the CDC, AGC MA is reevaluating all of its upcoming in-person events, classes, programs and meetings through June 1, 2020. We will update registered participants, meeting invitees and the AGC calendar of events webpage as we make decisions about cancelling, rescheduling, or potentially moving some programs to virtual
By Samuel M. Tony Starr, Kaitlyn C. Leonard, Clare Prober With the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”), the disease caused by the novel coronavirus (“SARS-CoV-2”), companies across various industries are taking precautions, some of which inevitably will result in nonperformance of their contracts. For some, relief from nonperformance may be found in the contracts themselves in the form of a force majeure provision. For others, whose contracts do not contain force majeure provisions,
In light of the coronavirus’s continued impact on the workforce, this post reviews the CDC’s newly issued guidelines for businesses, and dives deeper into how employers can lawfully navigate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), sick time laws, and other leave laws, while keeping maintaining the safety of their workforce. Read more.