November 17, 2021

Employers can require workers get vaccinated—and it may help business

Covid cases are currently rising in all 50 states as the highly contagious delta variant spreads and vaccination rates level off. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70% of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine — leaving roughly a third of the population unvaccinated. 

Government organizations such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have long made it clear that employers can require vaccination. 

“The EEOC’s guidance that came out in December [2020] made it clear and paved the way to say that employers can mandate vaccines and that this isn’t considered a medical examination, which is prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act,” attorney Renee Mattei Myers told CNBC Make It in Feb. 2021. 

“The EEOC has said for a while now that so long as an employer provides reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities and…

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