As OSHA Submits Draft of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate ETS As Next Step
Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it submitted a draft of its emergency temporary standard (ETS) for private employers requiring mandatory COVID-19 testing or vaccination to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
The ETS will require all businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are either fully vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 once a week, according to the White House. The rule will also reportedly require applicable employers to provide their workers with paid time off to get vaccinated and recover from any vaccination-related side effects (e.g., chills).
This submission to the OMB for review is a standard part of the regulatory process for an ETS. Once the OMB finishes its review and the rule is published in the Federal Register, the ETS will go into effect.
A Sign That Getting Prepared
is Key For Employers
While this announcement does not provide any new details on the contents of the ETS, it signals that the rule is moving forward as expected and could be in effect as soon as the coming weeks.
While the OMB reviews the rule, large employers with over 100 employees should begin preparing to comply. Employers with less than 100 employees that are interested in their own vaccine mandates should consult with legal counsel before moving forward.
Keep in mind this is for your information and that we are expecting changes. As we receive more information we will be putting it out there.