Below in an excerpt from an article authored by Robinson+Cole Labor and Employment Group lawyers Alisha N. SullivanAbby M. Warren and Emily A. Zaklukiewicz that was published in Industry Week on July 21, 2021.

For many months, manufacturers have been navigating issues related to the COVID-19 vaccine and its impact on the workplace. This includes implementation of vaccination programs that require or encourage vaccination of frontline workers, who remain at a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection.

Manufacturers have been tasked with remaining up to date on relevant legal obligations and practical considerations surrounding vaccination policies, incentive programs, reasonable accommodations, employee relations and communications, among other issues. In late May, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its technical-assistance guidance for the first time since December 16, 2020, clarifying several important topics related to workplace vaccination programs. Read the article.