OSHA Issues COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard For Private Employers
OSHA ISSUES COVID-19 EMERGENCY TEMPORARY STANDARD FOR PRIVATE EMPLOYERS
Today, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a new Emergency Temporary Standard (29 CFR §1910.501) that will require private employers with 100+ employees to develop, implement and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to choose to either be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work. The ETS will be published in the Federal Register on November 5, 2021. Covered employers will be required to comply with all provisions by December 5, 2021, save for the vaccination and testing requirements for unvaccinated workers, which take effect on January 4, 2022.
Legal challenges are expected and that Auman, Mahan and Furry will keep members up to date as to how they may effect the effective dates of the ETS.