INFO ALERT: Biden announces vaccine mandates for employees

Posted September 9th, 2021 | Status:

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Today, President Joe Biden announced vaccine requirements for all employers with more than 100 workers require them to be vaccinated or test for the virus weekly, in addition to several other executive orders and mandates in hopes to lower COVID-19 positivity rates.

Thank you to Brooke Armour with the CA Business Roundtable (CBRT) for providing a timely update at our BizFed Advocacy Committee Meeting.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • 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 or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis.

    The rule will also require a paid time off element for workers to get vaccinated or recover from vaccine-related side effects.

  • All federal executive branch workers and employees of contractors that do business with the federal government must be vaccinated.
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will require COVID-19 vaccinations for workers in most health care settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, including but not limited to hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies.
  • Entertainment venues like sports arenas, large concert halls, and other venues where large groups of people gather to require that their patrons be vaccinated or show a negative test for entry.
  • Booster shots to start becoming available on September 20th.

The plan also includes vaccination requirements for federal education programs, doubling fines at airports for violators of mask mandates, and more.

The timeline as to when OSHA will complete an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) and require businesses to implement the mandate is not immediately clear.

We will keep our members posted when more information becomes available.

If you have any questions regarding the announcement, please contact sarah.wiltfong@bizfed.org.

Keeping you informed,

BizFed

 

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