9.10.21 - New Vaccine Mandate Awaits OSHA Regs

Private sector companies with 100 or more employees will have to require employee vaccinations or mandatory weekly testing, the President announced yesterday in a speech outlining sweeping new mandates.


OSHA will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard to require workers to be inoculated or face weekly testing and will mandate that the businesses offer employees paid time off to get vaccinated. Companies that fail to comply could face fines of $14,000 per violation. The rule will affect some 80 million workers.


Federal employees and contractors, who have already been subject to a vaccinate or test mandate will now no longer have the option of testing, pursuant to a presidential Executive Order signed yesterday.


Finally, the President announced a vaccine requirement for employees in most healthcare settings. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will issue a temporary rule in October implementing the order that will require vaccination for employees in Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities, including hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies, as a condition for continued federal funding.


Editor’s Note: We will be discussing this and other topics in a 3-hour webinar, “Legislative Update” on Tuesday, September 14th from 9-12.


To register, contact Jessenia Narvaez at jessenianarvaez@robertnoonan.com or (860) 349-7010.