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EEOC UPDATES WORKPLACE FAQ’s CONCERNING RETURNING EMPLOYEES

Tuesday, June 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sabrina Hidalgo
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On June 11, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted an updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions arising under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This technical assistance publication was referenced in RCRI’s “Timely Topic” presentation on June 5, 2020. The current update issued on June 11, 2020 is the seventh iteration since March 2020.
 
 
The publication, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” provides approaches religious institute and sponsored works employers may adopt as they plan for employees returning to the workplace, including providing information to all employees about who to contact with requests for disability accommodation or other flexibilities, and inviting employees to make any requests in advance that the employer will consider on an individualized basis.
 
This information is provided in Q&A G.6.
 
The updates also address requests for accommodation in the employer’s process for workplace screening, as well as frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and age discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and sex discrimination involving employees with caretaking or family responsibilities.
 
 
Finally, there are new questions about steps employers may take to prevent and address harassment of employees who are or are perceived to be of Chinese or other Asian national origin, including reminding employers that workplace harassment may occur while employees are teleworking.
 
 
In response to inquiries from the public, the EEOC has provided resources on its website related to the pandemic in an employment context. The agency will continue to monitor developments and provide assistance to the public as needed.
 
Please contact RCRI with any additional questions or concerns.

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