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OSHA Issues Covid-19 Vaccine or Testing Mandate

Updated: Nov 6, 2021

#breakingnews The Associated Builders and Contractors today released a statement in response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s issuance of its COVID-19 vaccination and testing Emergency Temporary Standard on Friday, which applies to employers with 100 or more employees as required by President Biden’s Path Out of the Pandemic COVID-19 Action Plan.

You can read ABC's response statement and more details regarding their proposed next steps in the Construction Executive Article here.

On Friday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its long awaited emergency standard Friday clarifying earlier mandate directives.

The White House also announced additional details around the previously announced vaccine mandate- including the compliance date change for federal contractors.

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management released a comprehensive summary and additional resource links for employers in their article here.

The OSHA temporary standard clarifies earlier White House announcements surrounding required mandates. Businesses with at least 100 employees are required to mandate that their employees get vaccinated against the coronavirus or wear a mask and test for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis.

Additionally, the White House announced the following clarifications:

All unvaccinated workers must begin wearing masks by Dec. 5 and provide a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis beginning Jan. 4.

The deadline for federal contractors to comply has been pushed back to Jan. 4.

Companies are not required to pay for or provide the tests unless they are otherwise required to by state or local laws or in labor union contracts.

SHRM noted that legal challenges to the mandate are expected. Stay tuned for updates.

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