OSHA Issues COVID-19 Workplace Vaccine -or-Testing Mandate

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From Society for Human Resource Management (shrm.org)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its highly anticipated emergency temporary standard, which will be published in The Federal Register on Nov. 5. The rule will require businesses with at least 100 employees companywide to ensure their employees get vaccinated against the coronavirus or wear a mask and test for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis.

"Employers have two months now to figure out what path they want to choose: mandate the vaccine for all or allow for testing," noted Daniel A. Schwartz, an attorney with Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford, Conn. Employers will have to weigh the pros and cons of each choice for their particular business, he said.

The Details

The White House announced the following details about the ETS:

  • All unvaccinated workers must begin wearing masks by Dec. 5 and provide a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis beginning Jan. 4.
  • Employers must pay employees for the time it takes to get vaccinated and recover from any side effects that prevent them from working.
  • Companies are not required to pay for or provide the tests unless they are otherwise required to by state or local laws or in labor union contracts.

Read more about the release HERE