COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health

New US COVID-19 Requirement for 100+ employees

Only a month or so ago, news emerged about President Biden’s plans for large businesses (>100 employees) to have employees vaccinated for COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. Recently US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OSHA announced January 4, 2022 as deadline to meet the new requirement (link).

President Biden first held meetings with top business leaders. Those who spoke and met with President Biden at The White House include CEOs and presidents of The Walt Disney Company, Microsoft, Walgreens, Columbia Sportswear Company, Kaiser Permanente, and many more.

U.S. Requirement by 1/4/22:
Companies with more than 100 employees will now be mandated to require coronavirus vaccinations for their workers or do regular testing. Unvaccinated staff will be required to wear masks starting Dec. 5 and submit weekly test results come January.

Potential penalty (via The Washington Post):
Companies that don’t comply could face the potential of $13,000 fines per violation, or $136,000 per willful violation, potentially adding hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in fines for companies that are found to be well outside of the rules.

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