Reviewing Legal Issues with Vaccination Incentive Programs

May 12, 2021

By: Daniel J. Nugent

As a bonus to Bond’s May 11 webinar about the evolving legal implications of COVID-19 for business, Bond employee benefits attorney Daniel J. Nugent recorded a short video about issues related to employer-incentivized COVID-19 vaccination programs.

Such programs generally are considered wellness programs and, therefore, subject to a variety of laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and their associated incentive limits, reasonable accommodation requirements and more. Bond expects the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to release guidance soon that will clarify how employers can structure vaccination incentive programs without conflicting with the requirements and restrictions of the ADA, GINA and HIPAA. 

The full presentation covered the following topics:

  • Update from Albany
  • Collective Bargaining and COVID – Vaccination, Workplace Safety and Paid Leave
  • Legal Issues with Vaccination Incentive Programs
  • New York Legislative Update – Healthcare Staffing Laws

Click here to view the webinar in its entirety or to register for upcoming Tuesday presentations. 

Note: The weekly webinars will continue at least through August 31.