Vaccination Requirements for Employers with More Than 100 Employees Released

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Nov 04, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released details on the new vaccination requirement for employers with 100 or more employees.

The agency outlines in its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that employers must get the employees vaccinated by January 4, 2022 and require that unvaccinated employees produce a negative test on at least a weekly basis. 

Additional requirements will include that employers pay employees for the time it takes to get vaccinated and that they ensure unvaccinated employees wear a face mask while in the workplace.

According to OSHA, “Employers are subject to requirements for reporting and recordkeeping that are spelled out in the detailed OSHA materials available here. While the testing requirement for unvaccinated workers will begin after January 4th, employers must be in compliance with all other requirements – such as providing paid-time for employees to get vaccinated and masking for unvaccinated workers – on December 5th.”

The Biden administration says this rule will impact 84 million employees in the United States. More information is available here.