It's been over a month since President Joe Biden directed OSHA to develop a rule and enforcement of COVID-19 vaccination requirements for employers with more than 100 employees.
On the evening of October 12, 2021, OSHA sent it's recommendations on vaccine mandates and enforcement to the White House for final approval. After it gets reviewed and approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) it will be published in the Federal Register and become law. Final approval of OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) should be in the next few weeks.
What about State issued executive orders defying any vaccine mandates? Keep in mind, OSHA is a federal agency acting on a presidential executive order issued during a global pandemic. States have some say when it comes to city and county facilities, but private employers have an obligation outlined by OSHA.
There are twenty-two States that run their own OSHA programs. But States that have their own programs are monitored by Federal OSHA and must be at least as effective as Federal rules in protecting workers and in preventing work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths.
In addition to the vaccine mandate, President Joe Biden also asked for the rule to provide paid time off for workers to get vaccinated and to recover from any side effects.
Like always, we will continue to keep you posted and update our COVID-19 policies as the rules change. Existing customers will get the latest updates through our Guardian Service and can always call us toll-free with questions.