Take Away from the President’s Speech on Covid- 19.
While we are being advised that both Executive Orders, especially the order that refers to companies with over 100 employees will probably be challenged, we are also being advised that companies immediately begin taking the steps mandated in the Order.
Doing Business with the Federal Government
The Executive Order ( EO) released by the White House on Sept 10th will require vaccination for employees of the executive branch and contractors who do business with the federal government — with no option to test out. That covers several million workers. It appears that the target implementation date is October 15th with the requirements for additional guidance to be released by Sept 24th. That additional guidance should specify any exceptions. For example, it’s possible that a contract you are working under may not be subject to this order, but we won’t have those kinds of details for a couple weeks.
One action step that you can do is reach out to your contract or procurement manager with the Feds to see if there’s any details available on their end that may not be spelled out by the EO.
Companies with 100+ Employees The requirement for large companies to mandate vaccinations or weekly testing for employees will be enacted through a forthcoming rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that carries penalties of $14,000 per violation, an administration official said. OSHA will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement this requirement. When enacted, this requirement is expected to impact over 80 million workers in private sector businesses with 100+ employees. The rule will be issued "in the coming weeks," according to the White House.
The rule would also require that large companies provide paid time off for vaccination or to recover from the aftereffects of the vaccination. More details will be forthcoming as will the effective date.