General Business / Government Mandates

General Business / Government Mandates

November 4: US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration Issues Emergency Temporary Standard

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced a new Emergency Temporary Standard related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the Standard, covered employers must develop, implement and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to choose to either be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work. 

Highlights of the Emergency Temporary Standard:

  • The Standard covers employers with 100 or more employees - firm or company-wide - and provides options for compliance. 
  • The Standard requires employers to provide paid time to workers to get vaccinated and to allow for paid leave to recover from any side effects.
  • Covered employers are required to determine the vaccination status for each employee, obtain acceptable proof of vaccination status from vaccinated employees and maintain records and a roster of each employee's vaccination status.
  • Requires employees to provide prompt notice when they test positive for COVID-19 or receive a COVID-19 diagnosis. Employers must then remove the employee from the workplace, regardless of vaccination status; employers must not allow them to return to work until they meet required criteria.
  • Covered employers must ensure each worker who is not fully vaccinated is tested for COVID-19 at least weekly (if the worker is in the workplace at least once a week) or within 7 days before returning to work (if the worker is away from the workplace for a week or longer).
  • Covered employers must ensure that, in most circumstances, each employee who has not been fully vaccinated wears a face covering when indoors or when occupying a vehicle with another person for work purposes.
  • The Standard does not require employers to pay for testing. Employers may be required to pay for testing to comply with other laws, regulations, collective bargaining agreements, or other collectively negotiated agreements. Employers are also not required to pay for face coverings.
  • The Standard is effective immediately upon its publication in the Federal Register. Employers must comply with most requirements within 30 days of publication (anticipated to be January 4, 2022) and with testing requirements within 60 days of publication. 

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September 30: St. Clair County Health Department Rescinds Public Health Quarantine Order

The St. Clair County Health Department (SCCHD) rescinds the September 8, 2021 Public Health Order requiring residents in St. Clair County to quarantine after a close exposure with a person infected with COVID-19. The Order is rescinded as of 11:59 pm on September 30, 2021. SCCHD is simultaneously issuing a Public Health Quarantine Policy and strongly encourages all to follow.

The SCCHD press release and Public Health Quarantine Policy is available at http://www.stclaircounty.org/Offices/health/ViewPR.aspx?id=2395.

 


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