As of May 13, the CDC announced updates to their mask guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals. Fully vaccinated individuals who are at least two weeks past the final dose may resume indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or socially distancing. Masks must still be worn in places where it is required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, as well as on public transportation such as airplanes, buses, trains, and shared public vehicles. Many businesses may continue to require face coverings and those requests should also be observed, regardless of CDC guidance or other local ordinance.
Below are additional considerations for employers with regard to the new mask guidance:
- Use caution if revising mask-wearing guidelines in the workplace. Consider if policy revisions will have an adverse impact on those who have not been vaccinated for medical or religious reasons.
- Employers still have an obligation under OSHA to provide safe and healthful working conditions for all employees and we are awaiting OSHA updates related to these new recommendations from the CDC.
- Employers may still need to make accommodations for employees who have not been vaccinated due to seriously held religious beliefs or for medical reasons.
- While employers are able to request proof that an employee has received the COVID – 19 vaccination, it is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act to ask why they have not.
- Employers may also want to be prepared to handle cases of employees falsifying vaccination history to avoid wearing a mask.
MRA will be updating information and resources on our dedicated COVID website to reflect this most recent change. We encourage you to contact MRA’s 24/7 Hotline with any questions you have. Call 866-HR-Hotline (866.474.6854) or email: [email protected].