Earlier this year, the Biden Administration issued a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for those employers that have at least 100 employees. On November 4, 2021, OSHA announced a new Emergency Temporary Standard on Vaccination and Testing. Click on the link for details.
Here are four things you need to know:
- Employers with at least 100 employees will be required to adopt a mandatory vaccination policy unless they adopt a policy requiring unvaccinated workers to undergo weekly testing and wear a face covering at work.
- Covered employers must provide paid time for workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine and ensure workers have paid sick leave to recover from any side effects that prevent them from working.
- Employers must comply with most provisions by 30 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register, and comply with the testing requirement by 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. Learn more about compliance dates here.
- Businesses that don’t comply may face significant OSHA fines.