Latest EEOC Technical Assistance for Covid-19 and the ADA
On May 5, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission again released Technical Assistance Questions and Answers designed to assist employers and employees in understanding their duties, obligations, and protections during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Technical Assistance Questions and Answers were previously updated on April 17, 2020, 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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