#Roommates, if you’re still hesitant or uninterested in taking the COVID-19 vaccine, you probably won’t be happy about this latest news. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently confirmed that companies now have the legal right to require employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to @CBSNews, not only are employers allowed to require workers to get vaccinated, they can also legally offer incentives such as cash, to employees who do decide to take the vaccine. However, the updated EEOC guidelines also state that company incentives must not be “coercive,” or contain any illegal offers to tempt workers to get vaccinated. In response to the flurry of questions that many have regarding the new guidelines, the EEOC released a statement.
EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows said, “The EEOC will continue to clarify and update our COVID-19 technical assistance to ensure that we are providing the public with clear, easy-to-understand and helpful information. We will continue to address the issues that were raised at the Commission’s recent hearing on the civil rights impact of COVID-19.”
Meanwhile, critics say that the decision is likely to open the floodgates to endless possible lawsuits. Employment attorney Helen Rella stated that the term “coercive” is a gray area that could prove to be highly problematic. “What is ‘coercive’ is unclear because, just as with anything else, one person’s view of what is a coercive incentive is not the same as another person’s.”
This new ruling comes on the heels of many U.S. employers officially welcoming employees back to work following the updated guidelines from the CDC, and the rise in vaccination numbers across the country.
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