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Goldman Sachs will require US employees to report their COVID-19 vaccination status, and other bosses could do the same thing.
Employers can legally require employees get a COVID-19 vaccine or ban them from the office, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said in a recent guidance.
As just over 50% of people in the US have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, workers are asking: Can my boss legally require that I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Goldman Sachs previously gave workers the option to disclose if they’d been vaccinated, allowing them to work maskless in offices if they reported that they were vaccinated. The disclosure is no longer optional. All employees must tell the company what date they were vaccinated and what brand, though they don’t need to provide proof.
Read more: Employers are flooding labor lawyers’ inboxes to ask if they can make a coronavirus vaccine mandatory in the workplace. Here’s the advice 6 lawyers are giving clients.
Business Insider spoke with six labor and employment lawyers about whether workplaces can make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for their employees.
Can bosses make a coronavirus vaccination mandatory at the workplace?
Workers likely first want to know what exactly their employers can require of them. In short, yes, employers can make vaccines mandatory, Jimmy Robinson, managing shareholder at the L&E firm Ogletree Deakins’s Richmond office, told Business Insider. He also mentioned that there would need to be religious and medical accommodations, with specific requirements varying by state and locale.
Karla Grossenbacher, chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s L&E practice in Washington, DC, said that employers would have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA says that employers can require medical exams and vaccinations of employees under certain, specific conditions, like for healthcare workers, or if it poses a “direct …read more
Source:: Business Insider