Yes, it’s legal for employers to offer incentives to employees to get vaccinated
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Many employers are requiring workers to get vaccinated in order to return to work at a warehouse, restaurant of at the office.
With the economy getting back on track after the COVID-19 pandemic, employees are luring workers back into the office with incentives in order to get vaccinated. The Federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission has confirmed it is legal to offer incentives in return for getting the vaccine for COVID-19.
The EEOC said that there is an exception for not getting a vaccine, and that would be for a disability or a religious reason. EEOC’s guidance will require if employers receive employee vaccination information, they “have to keep vaccination information confidential.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New Yorkers who get vaccinated at ballparks will be eligible for Mets and Yankees ticket vouchers. The stadiums have vaccinated and unvaccinated sections.
West Virginia, spurs incentives from Republican Gov. Jim Justice’s office who will give a $100 saving bond program for young people ages 16 to 35 who get a vaccine. Maryland has offered $100 payments for state employees who elect to get a coronavirus vaccine.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced New Jersey’s “Shot and Beer” program. It offers those of legal age a free beer from participating breweries who get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during the month of May.
Currently, President Joe Biden has not mandated the requirement for all Americans to be vaccinated, but highly recommends that they do.
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