The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency rule concerning vaccination mandates at large and some medium businesses is in the White House for review and could be approved as early as Friday.
OSHA’s emergency temporary standard (ETS) went to the White House for final approval Tuesday.
This action follows up President Joe Biden’s announcement on September 9 that directed OSHA to issue an ETS requiring businesses with 100 or more employee to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for their employees or undergo weekly testing.
Employers would also be required to give employees paid time off to get vaccinated or recover from the side effects of the vaccine. Failure to comply with the requirements of the ETS may result in fines of up to $14,000 per violation.
It is expected that the White House may approve the ETS as early as Friday and that the ETS could be made public the week of October 18, but no details of what it contains are available currently.
While there are many unanswered questions about the ETS, covered employers should at a minimum be tracking vaccination status and, for unvaccinated employees, begin to set up a mechanism to track weekly testing of the unvaccinated.
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