OSHA’s Forthcoming Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 Vaccinations: What Employers Need to Know

The Biden Administration announced Thursday that 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 against COVID-19 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. The rule will carry penalties of $14,000 per violation. Part of OSHA’s new guidance is expected to include paid time off for vaccination and recuperation for any side-effects from the vaccine. 

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