EEOC Updates Technical Assistance for Covid-19 and the Americans With Disabilities Act
On April 17, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released Technical Assistance Questions and Answers regarding Covid-19 and the interaction of this public health crisis with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act and other employment protection laws. The ADA and the Rehabilitation Act continue to apply during this time of pandemic, but they do not prevent employers from adhering to the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or local public health authorities. On March 11, 2020, the Covid-19 crisis was declared a “pandemic.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) are the definitive sources of information about pandemics. The recently updated EEOC technical assistance is focused on implementing the strategies of these health organizations consistent with the requirements of the ADA and other employment protection statutes.
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