Can employers implement a mandatory vaccination program?

According to both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Civil Rights Department (formerly known as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or DFEH), employers can implement a mandatory vaccination program for their employees as part of the employer’s health and safety program to combat COVID-19 in the workplace, so long as employers comply with federal and state anti-discrimination laws, such as the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Neither the EEOC nor the Civil Rights Department (CRD) provide an opinion as to whether an employer should mandate vaccines, but they do provide guidance should an employer choose to do so.

Read the CRD's Employment Information on COVID-19.

Read Must an employer exempt an employee from a mandatory vaccination program for disability- or religious-related concerns? for more information.

Read more about Religious Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation of Disabilities in the HR Library.

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