White House Announces COVID-19 Action Plan
OSHA Developing Rule Requiring All Employers with 100+ Employees to Ensure Their Workers Are Vaccinated or Tested Weekly
The White House released a COVID-19 Action Plan: Path Out of the Pandemic. As part of the six-part blueprint for combating the pandemic, the Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing rules that will impact large employers.
OSHA is developing an emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to:
- Ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work; and
- Provide paid time off (PTO) for the time it takes employees to get vaccinated or recover from side effects post-vaccination.
Because this is an ETS, it will undergo an expedited review process before taking effect and won’t involve solicitation of public comment. The ETS release is expected in the coming weeks.
When enforcing the rule, OSHA would have the ability to fine non-complying businesses up to $14,000 per violation.
In the coming weeks, Local 344 will be working closely with the IBT and Legal Counsel to develop a response to any policy Employers may implement that impacts our members' safety, job security and working conditions.