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FAQs and Guidance on Requests for Religious Exceptions to Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

FAQs and Guidance on Requests for Religious Exceptions to Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued FAQs and guidance about how employers should handle employee requests for religious exceptions to their workplace COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The FAQs address how employers should comply with Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act (Title VII), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other federal fair employment laws while also observing all applicable emergency workplace safety guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

The new FAQs clarify, among other things, that employers with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate:

  • May require employees to receive vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment;
  • Must accommodate medical and religious-based refusals to receive the vaccine, unless it would cause undue hardship;
  • Are not required to grant vaccine mandate exemptions for social, political, or economic views or personal preferences; and
  • Should generally avoid questioning the sincerity or nature of an employee’s religious beliefs.

Employers subject to Title VII and other federal fair employment laws should not only become familiar with these FAQs but also review the EEOC’s full guidance on COVID-19 and federal fair employment laws

Download the following bulletins for more details.

EEOC Issues Guidance on Religious Objections to Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

New EEOC FAQs on Requests for Religious Exceptions to Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

EEOC Adds FAQs Addressing Religious Objections to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Under Title VII

This blog is intended to be a compilation of information and resources pulled from federal, state, and local agencies. This is not intended to be legal advice. For up to the minute information and guidance on COVID-19, please follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health organizations.

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National Insurance Services is not a law firm and no opinion, suggestion, or recommendation of the firm or its employees shall constitute legal advice. Readers are advised to consult with their own attorney for a determination of their legal rights, responsibilities and liabilities, including the interpretation of any statute or regulation, or its application to the readers’ business activities.

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Ken Zastrow

Ken Zastrow

Ken Zastrow enjoys establishing a strong rapport with his clients. He believes that education is key in helping them understand their benefit plans. Ken has a strong background in both active and post-employment benefit strategies. As Employee Benefits Consultant at National Insurance Services, Ken is responsible for the overall assessment and management of all an employer’s benefit plans including claim reconciliation, policy changes, renewals, and medical and dental analytics. He is also well versed in compliance, benefit integration, and early retiree benefits. Ken is a licensed health and life insurance agent, working with schools, cities, and counties in the Midwest Region.