Earlier today, my colleagues and I gave a webinar on mandatory vaccination policies. It’s almost like the President was listening.
This afternoon, President Biden announced that the Department of Labor, and specifically, OSHA will be issuing a new rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work. According to the White House, OSHA will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement this requirement. This requirement will impact over 80 million workers in private sector businesses with 100+ employees.
The rule is expected to go further. According to the White House, “to continue efforts to ensure that no worker loses a dollar of pay because they get vaccinated, OSHA is developing a rule that will require employers with more than 100 employees to provide paid time off for the time it takes for workers to get vaccinated or to recover if they are under the weather post-vaccination. This requirement will be implemented through the ETS.”
There will be more on this over the next few days. But there’s no need to wait. You can still view our webinar here. We answer a lot of your questions including how to deal with medical and religious exemption requests, how to collect information on vaccination and how to implement a policy.
We’ve been working on this for many months now. There’s no reason to do this alone. Feel free to reach out to us (or any of your other trusted counselors) with any issues.