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How to Comply With EEOC Return-to-Work Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

With workplaces starting to reopen and employees returning to work, an employer must remember to comply with federal laws (as well as state and local laws) intended to prohibit discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on protected class status, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

To assist employers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released the publication What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws and updated its publication Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, the EEOC hosted a webinar providing answers to employers' Frequently Asked Questions. This EEOC guidance clarifies employment protections as applied to COVID-19. For detailed information regarding vaccinations, see Coronavirus (COVID-19): Vaccination Options and Responsibilities.

This How To discusses the steps an employer should take to comply with EEOC guidance when bringing employees back to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.