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BREAKING: Biden Administration Announces Major Vaccination Policies

| Nov 04, 2021

Today the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace. The ETS requires employers with 100 or more employees (i.e. “covered employers”) to ensure each of their workers is fully vaccinated or takes a test for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis. The new ETS rules preempt any inconsistent state or local laws, including laws that ban or limit an employer’s authority to require vaccination, masks, or testing. The ETS is in effect starting on January 4, 2022, allowing a two-month vaccination window. The testing requirement for unvaccinated workers will begin after this date. 

Earlier today, AAHOA took part in a call with officials from the Biden Administration, the Department of Labor, and OSHA regarding the ETS. AAHOA is closely monitoring the ETS and will keep members apprised as more information becomes available. Below are the main takeaways from today’s announcement:

  • Covered employers must:

    • Get their employees vaccinated by January 4 and require unvaccinated employees to produce a negative test on at least a weekly basis.

    • Pay employees for the time it takes to get vaccinated.

    • Ensure all unvaccinated employees are masked.

  • Employers are subject to requirements for reporting and recordkeeping that are spelled out in the detailed OSHA materials available here.

  • Employers must be in compliance with all other requirements – such as providing paid-time for employees to get vaccinated and masking for unvaccinated workers – on December 5, 2021.

We highly recommend that you visit the OSHA ETS landing page to view the provided resources.

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