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OSHA: Employers have 60 days to require COVID-19 vaccines

Updated: Nov 9, 2021

OSHA: Employers have 60 days to require COVID-19 vaccines


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, part of the United States Department of Labor, has set January 4 as the deadline for employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines.


According to an emergency regulation released Thursday by the OSHA, employers with 100 or more employees must adopt a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for their employees — and offer a weekly testing option to those who refuse or are unable to receive a vaccine — by January 4, 2022.


Employers must include all employees across their U.S. locations. Part-time employees do count towards the company total, but independent contractors do not. Additional sections of the ETS detail the situation for franchisees, multi-employer workplaces, and staffing agencies.

雇主必須要求其在美國各地的所有員工。兼職員工也需計入公司員工總數,但獨立承包商不計入。 ETS的其他部分詳細說明了加盟商、多雇主工作場所和獵頭公司的情況。

The ETS requires all covered employers to cover the costs of providing up to four hours of paid time and reasonable paid sick leave to support vaccination but does not if an employee chooses to remain unvaccinated.


Due to a medical condition or held religious belief, some employees may be entitled to reasonable accommodations from their employer, barring undue hardship. Stakeholders have 30 days from the date of publication of the rule to submit public comments.


Additionally, mandatory vaccination policies may exempt employees for whom a COVID-19 vaccine is medically contraindicated, as well as those for whom a medical necessity requires a delay in vaccination, per OSHA.


Beyond Thursday's announcement, the White House previously set a December 8 deadline for federal contractors to get vaccinated.


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