On Thursday, President Biden announced that private employers with 100 or more employees require the COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test once a week. This means if you work for a private employer with 100 or more employees, you will either have to get vaccinated or show a negative test result every week before going to work. This new rule will impact over 80 million employees.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a division of the Department of Labor, will draft the new rule. Employers are to provide paid time off for employees to get vaccinated. If your employer does not abide by the new rules, they could face up to a $14k fine for each incident.
If you are a Federal employee or contractor, you will now be required to get the Covid-19 vaccination within 75 days unless you are exempt for a valid medical reason or religious belief. This is different than Biden’s previous order as negative testing is no longer an option. Failure to follow the new rule could result in disciplinary action.
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