New Jersey Gives Employers Green Light to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations
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Back in January, we advised nonprofits that it was unclear whether all employers could require all of their employees to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Earlier this month, New Jersey employers received some clarity from the State of New Jersey.
New Jersey issued two guidance documents (here and here) stating that employers in New Jersey can require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter the workplace. However, and consistent with guidelines from the EEOC, the new guidance explains that employers need to reasonably accommodate employees who cannot get the vaccine because of a disability, because their doctor has advised them not to get the vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding, or because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
Although New Jersey employers now have clear guidance on this issue, they should consider a number of other factors before deciding on whether to require mandatory vaccinations. See our January advisory for some of the factors that should be considered.