The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's rule on workplace vaccination or testing is currently tied up in litigation, but leaders should start planning now for how they will implement the rule if it survives the legal challenges.
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President Joe Biden's workplace vaccination-or-testing rule is currently tied up in litigation, but business leaders should start planning now for how they will implement the rule if it survives legal challenges.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) emergency temporary standard gives businesses with at least 100 employees two choices:
Require all employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus unless they exclusively work remotely or outdoors or qualify for an exemption.
Require unvaccinated employees to wear masks and undergo COVID-19 testing on at least a weekly basis.
Don't Wait for Litigation Outcome
Provide paid time off to workers to get vaccinated and recover from any side effects.
Obtain proof of vaccination and maintain records of each employee's vaccination status.
Require prompt notification when employees test positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status) and remove them from the workplace until they meet certain criteria.
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