COVID vaccination policies: What to consider for your workforce
On September 9th, President Biden announced the implementation of a six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy to combat COVID-19 in the U.S., including new rules that will impact most employers.
As part of Biden’s action plan, he has directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop and issue a rule requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or to have all unvaccinated employees tested weekly for infection.
Additionally, OSHA has been directed to develop and issue a rule requiring employers with 100 or more employees to provide paid time off for workers to obtain a vaccine or to recover from any vaccine-related reactions.
Once OSHA’s final rules are issued, McAfee & Taft will alert employers to the rules’ specific provisions and suggest best practices for employers to follow regarding vaccinations, testing and paid time off under the new OSHA requirements.
NOTE: This alert is not eligible for continuing education credit (e.g. HRCI, SHRM or CLE).