On September 9, President Biden announced that he would instruct the U.S. Department of Labor to issue an emergency rule requiring private employers with 100+ employees to ensure that all workers are fully vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing. Employers would be required to provide paid leave for the time it takes workers to get vaccinated or to recover from vaccine-related symptoms. The requirement would be implemented and enforced by OSHA. (This is in addition to an Executive Order requiring COVID vaccination for all federal employees and those working for federal contractors.)
At this time, we do not have details regarding effective dates or possible exemptions. When the Department of Labor’s emergency rule and OSHA’s regulations are published, we will provide updated information. In the meantime, you can read more information about the President’s plans for vaccinations and other COVID measures on the White House website. Please contact one of our certified Consultants if you have any specific questions for your business.