On Thursday, September 9th, President Biden announced the administrations new national strategy to address COVID-19.
In his announcement, the President called on businesses “to do more to encourage vaccinations.” The President said he is using his “regulatory powers and other actions to substantially increase the number of Americans covered by vaccination requirements,” saying, “These requirements will become dominant in the workplace.”
The plan, which can be found here, includes,
Requiring All Employers with 100+ Employees to Ensure their Workers are Vaccinated or Tested Weekly.
The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing a 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. 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.
Requiring Employers to Provide Paid Time Off to Get Vaccinated.
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.
MOGA will keep you updated as this continues to develop.