Vaccines and Religious/Medical Accommodations

Conversations with CAPLAW

2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, continuing to impact our communities and workplaces, new legal considerations have surfaced and are evolving. The recently announced Head Start and OSHA vaccine and testing mandates will impact CAA workplace policies and operations, and many agencies are trying to chart the best course forward.

To help the Community Action network navigate this constantly shifting landscape, CAPLAW hosted a weekly series of conversations where we discuss legal questions we’ve received about the COVID-19 vaccine and testing mandates, medical and religious accommodations, vaccination incentive policies, and more. We also identify the major unanswered questions as we await additional guidance from the federal agencies.

Conversation 1 discussed the recently announced Head Start and OSHA vaccine and testing mandates and the general impacts on CAAs. Conversations 2, 3, and 4 focused on issues around medical and religious accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act for employees subject to vaccine mandates. Conversation 5 discussed new guidance from the EEOC on accommodating employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.



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COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Templates

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