President Biden’s Federal Mandate, Be Vaccinated or Test Weekly

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News Update No.1

President Biden has issued an order for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to carry out his Coronavirus Vaccine mandate initiative. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has therefore issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS), to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace. The ETS establishes binding requirements to protect unvaccinated employees of large employers (100 or more employees) from the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace. 

The ETS Rule will require that employers test their employees for the Covid-19 virus weekly if the employee declines President Biden’s vaccination mandate. The Presidential mandate comes as the U.S. economy is going through a record of 4.3 million workers quitting their jobs in August because of the Covid-19 virus. We expect employers to offer testing to avoid an exodus of workers who refuse to get vaccinated, and to keep their workplace productive and free of the Covid-19 Virus.  Employers are not going to want the infrastructure of the workplace to collapse. 

Employees will have to be tested weekly onsite at their place of work, so their Employer can avoid being fined for noncompliance. OSHA can penalize employers up to $13,653.00 per incidence of noncompliance after an investigation. However, that could escalate tenfold if an employer is deemed to be willfully or repeatedly noncompliant. Employees at larger businesses will have to get vaccinated against Covid-19 by January 4, 2022 or face regular weekly testing under new federal rules being enforced through OSHA. Over the next month the Labor Department will issue additional guidance whether smaller workplaces will be included too.  The countdown has started! 

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