The EEOC has updated its guidance “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.” The new guidance clarifies that employers may offer incentives to employees to voluntarily provide documentation or other confirmation that they have received the COVID-19 vaccination from a third-party (i.e., doctor, pharmacy, health agency or other healthcare provider).
The EEOC has confirmed that requesting this documentation is not a disability-related inquiry covered by the ADA and is not an unlawful request for genetic information under GINA, but continues to caution employers to keep this vaccination information confidential pursuant to the ADA. However, the EEOC has distinguished incentives offered to employees for voluntarily receiving a vaccination administered by the employer or its agent. In that case, the EEOC cautions employers against offering incentives that are so substantial to become coercive, as “vaccinations require employees to answer pre-vaccination disability-related screen questions, [and] a very large incentive could make employees feel pressured to disclose protected medical information.”
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