Dear USET/USET SPF Family,
Today, November 5, 2021, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced
the publication of an Interim Final Rule (IFR) requiring most employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. Employees will have to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022, while unvaccinated employees will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis and will be required to wear a mask in the workplace. Employers will also be required to provide paid time for their employees to get vaccinated.
OSHA will be hosting a Tribal Leader Briefing TODAY. Details are as follows—
To view a link to the White House Fact Sheet on the OSHA Vaccination and Testing Policy, as well as the recently announced CMS Vaccination Policy for healthcare staff at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs, please click here. OSHA is also offering several compliance assistance resources to help businesses implement this Emergency Temporary Standard, which include a webinar overview, Frequently Asked Questions
document, and other compliance materials.
Written comments on the OSHA Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard IFR are due December 6, 2021 and should submitted to regulations.gov under Docket No. OSHA-2021-0007.
For more information, please contact Brian Howard, USET SPF Senior Policy Analyst, at email@example.com.