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May 3, 2022

OSHA's Emergency COVID-19 Rules Are In Effect — For Now

Stephen Massey

Following last Friday’s hearing on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) emergency COVID-19 rules for employers, the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet decided the case, nor has it issued a “stay” that would put the rules on hold. So, as of today, January 10, employers with 100 or more workers will need to take the following actions:

  • have a written vaccination-or-test policy;
  • confirm the vaccination status of workers;
  • provide paid time off for vaccination and recovery from side effects; and
  • require unvaccinated workers to wear a face-covering.

Although these requirements take effect today, OSHA officials have said the agency will not issue citations for violations until February 9 — and, of course, the Court could weigh in before then. Regardless of how the case plays out, vaccination requirements create the safest possible workplace for employees and customers, and thousands of companies have voluntarily implemented these policies.

Our free resources can help you get started. We offer:

  • A sample workplace vaccination policy template to help employers meet OSHA’s vaccine or testing requirements.
  • Guides to Medical and Religious exemptions to help you establish a fair and streamlined process for reviewing these requests.
  • Sample forms to help you standardize exemption requests.
  • A sample CEO email to support your employee communications.
  • And, our recent blog provides further requirements and answers to frequently asked employer questions.

If you have additional questions or need extra support, our experts are available to help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.