Last year, President Biden directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring that all private employers with 100 or more employees mandate their workforce be vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. OSHA published the ETS on November 5, 2021, however, several employers immediately filed lawsuits challenging OSHA’s authority to enact the ETS. On January 13, 2022, in a 6-3 decision, the United States Supreme Court voted to block enforcement of the ETS, and on January 25, 2022, OSHA officially withdrew its enforcement of the ETS.
Although private employers are no longer obligated to comply with the ETS, it is still essential that employers remain aware of state and local laws that may require (or in some cases prohibit) mandatory vaccination policies. For more information about the current state of mandatory vaccination requirements in the workplace, please click this link to check out a state-by-state summary provided by our legal partners at Littler Mendelson.
Employers that are federal contractors and/or healthcare providers participating in the federal Medicare/Medicaid program may still have vaccination, testing and other workplace requirements that apply to their operations. We encourage you to review the current status of the federal contractor mandate and the requirements for Medicare/Medicaid healthcare participants provided by Littler Mendelson.
If you are subject to a federal, state, or local vaccine and/or testing mandate and are looking for ways to ease the administrative burden of implementing such a program, AlphaStaff is pleased to announce it has partnered with HealthboxHR, a global software company providing tools to manage, track and report on weekly tests and vaccinations. Please contact your HR Account Manager if you would like more information about HealthboxHR.
AlphaStaff remains committed to providing you with timely information and solutions to help you during this ever-changing employment landscape. Please contact your HR Account Manager if you have any questions.