On November 4, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a rule mandating U.S. companies with 100 or more employees to require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing for their workers. The rule takes effect November 5 and the compliance deadline for employers is December 5.
Specifically, the rule outlines that:
- Workers must be fully vaccinated by January 4 or submit to testing.
- Employers are required to provide paid time off for workers to get vaccinated, and also mandates paid sick leave for them to recover from any side effects.
- Employers not enforcing OSHA’s rule could be cited by the agency and face up to $13,653 for each serious violation.
- A willful violation, essentially an employer deliberately disregarding the mandate, could lead to a fine as high as $136,532.