On May 28, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its “What you should know about COVID-19” Frequently Asked Questions (the FAQs), answering questions many employers have had regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and addressing additional considerations relevant to returning employees to the worksite. The FAQs include long-awaited guidance on how employers may provide incentives for employees to obtain vaccines, and also discuss employer inquiries about employee vaccination status and mandatory vaccine policies, among other issues.

Below are key takeaways from the EEOC’s May 28 guidance.
Continue Reading EEOC releases guidance on permissible vaccine incentives and other COVID-19 vaccine issues

The coronavirus which causes the disease COVID-19 presents a plethora of challenging labor and employment issues for employers in the United States. As the virus spreads and experts’ understanding of it continues to evolve, employers find themselves asking what precautionary measures they can or should take in response to the outbreak and its risks, how to respond when problems arise, and what are the legal considerations surrounding these measures. Below is a summary of certain potential strategies for dealing with the coronavirus and key legal risks that employers should consider in making judgments and formulating their coronavirus response efforts.
Continue Reading Practical and legal labor and employment considerations for United States employers responding to the coronavirus

As part of an ongoing project to update its guidance and technical assistance documents, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) last week issued a statement rescinding its 1997 Policy Statement on Mandatory Binding Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Disputes as a Condition of Employment (the “Policy Statement”)EEOC policy statements do not have