Biden Orders Mandate for Covid Vaccines
On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced that he ordered OSHA to develop emergency temporary standards (ETSs) that would require employers with 100 or more employees to mandate that employees either receive one of the three available COVID-19 vaccines or submit to at least weekly COVID-19 testing. Employers who do not comply with these requirements could be fined approximately $13,650 per employee.
Other components of his executive orders include:
Required vaccinations for federal employees
Required vaccinations for federal contracted workers
Required vaccinations for Health care workers at certain facilities that receive Medicaid or Medicare funding
Increased fines from the Department of Transportation for individuals who refuse to wear masks on public transportation
Increased testing availability either at home or through pharmacies
To read more about the implications of these ETSs and Executive Orders, read our client alert.