Dear TheySaidWhat Nation,
Exactly as we predicted, today EEOC just OK’ed modest incentives to get the COVID vaccine. Specific words:
“If employers set up a system in which they administer the vaccine themselves on a voluntary basis, businesses can also offer employees incentives — be they perks or penalties — so long as they are “not so substantial as to be coercive.”
A summary of the EEOC’s position on COVID and employment can be found here. https://bit.ly/3fYvmEq. They kinda “buried the lede” in that you have to scroll way down to find that quote.
Meanwhile, there is still no safe harbor, and won’t be, for substantial incentives and penalties for clinical wellness programs. To learn how to easily navigate this new EEOC normal, contact email@example.com. (Our shattered feelings will recover if you don’t reach out to us until Tuesday.)