Emergency vaccine rule for large employers to be published “in the coming days”


(CNN) The Federal Register will publish the Department of Labor rule in a few days requiring private companies with 100 or more employees to vaccinate or test them every week, according to an announcement made by President Joe Biden in September.

The Bureau of Management and Budget completed the required state of emergency review on Monday.

“On November 1, the Office of Management and Budget completed its regulatory review of the Emergency Temporary Standard. The Federal Register will publish the temporary emergency standard in the coming days, ”a Department of Labor spokesperson said. “The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has worked diligently to develop a temporary emergency standard that covers employers with 100 or more employees, company-wide or company-wide, and offers compliance options. “

The spokesperson added, “Covered employers must develop, implement and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to choose either to be vaccinated. or to undergo regular COVID-19 tests and wear a face cover at work. . The ETS also requires employers to give workers paid time to get vaccinated and paid sick leave to recover from any side effects. “

In September, Biden announced that the Department of Labor would draft an emergency rule requiring private companies with 100 or more employees to require weekly vaccinations or tests.

“While America is in much better shape than it was seven months ago when I took office, I have to tell you a second fact: We are in a difficult situation and this could last for a long time. some time, “the president told the White House. speech at the time.

The new emergency temporary standard will force large employers to give their workers paid time off to get vaccinated. If companies don’t comply, the government “will take enforcement action,” which could include “substantial fines” of up to nearly $ 14,000 per violation, officials said.

Officials said the standard was a “minimum” and some companies might choose to go further, including making the vaccine mandatory instead of offering a testing alternative.

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