On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy released Executive Order 243, which eliminates the requirement for mask-wearing and social distancing in indoor offices for fully vaccinated employees.
With that, employers are now wondering how they will go about asking employees for proof of their vaccination status.
According to NJBIA’s HR Support Experts, employers who do want to take advantage of the relaxing of state requirements under EO 243 must require proof of full vaccination from employees before permitting them to be unmasked in the office.
Employers, however, should be careful not to ask for more information than is necessary. The request for proof should only include an employee’s name and date of vaccinations.
Employers should also avoid any follow–up questions to ensure they are not making a “medical inquiry,” which would be against Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Employees who are not vaccinated because of legitimate religious beliefs or disability, are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and employers are required to make reasonable accommodations.
Whatever the means of collection used for vaccination records, employers must maintain full confidentiality and limit the use of the information to legitimate business reasons. Employees should be assured that the records will be kept confidential and not used in employment decisions.
Importantly, creating a policy is key to ensuring employers are protecting themselves and their employees. As this environment is rapidly changing, employers must be aware of rules at the local, state and federal level so those policies should be flexible.
To learn more, visit NJBIA HR Resource Center.
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