U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Updates Its Pandemic Guidance

On June 28th, 2021 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its Pandemic question and answer guidance entitled: What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws. The EEO laws, including the ADA and Rehabilitation Act, continue to apply during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they do not interfere with or prevent employers from following the guidelines and suggestions made by the CDC or state/local public health authorities about steps employers should take regarding COVID-19. Employers should remember that guidance from public health authorities is likely to change as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Therefore, employers should continue to follow the most current information on maintaining workplace safety. These materials were prepared prior to the CDC’s updated guidance for fully vaccinated individuals issued on May 13th, 2021 (and updated on July 27th, 2021) and any supplements.  The EEOC is considering any impact of these developments on COVID-19 technical assistance provided to date.

For more information and to access this updated guidance, please visit: https://www.eeoc.gov/wysk/what-you-should-know-about-covid-19-and-ada-rehabilitation-act-and-other-eeo-laws