NAM: Vaccine Mandate Set for New Year
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has laid out vaccination rules for companies with 100 employees or more, according to CNBC.
The basics: Businesses have until Jan. 4, 2022, to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated.
- Beginning Dec. 5, all workers who are not yet fully vaccinated must wear face coverings indoors, and those who do not get the vaccine by Jan. 4 will be required to provide weekly negative COVID-19 tests.
- Companies also have until Dec. 5 to provide paid time off for employees to get vaccinated and paid sick leave for any recovery afterward.
Who’s not covered: The rules do not apply to people who work remotely, work in an environment with no other employees or work exclusively outdoors. Workers can also receive exemptions based on religious beliefs, disabilities and medical conditions.
What’s ahead: After Jan. 4, OSHA will begin conducting onsite inspections to enforce these rules. “Penalties for noncompliance can range from $13,653 per serious violation to $136,532 if a company willfully violates the rules,” according to CNBC.
What we’re saying: “Manufacturers continue to be committed to promoting vaccination and keeping our teams, customers and communities safe and healthy,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.
- “Federal vaccine requitements should be flexible enough to ensure we can achieve those goals, and we appreciate OSHA taking many of our inputs into consideration. We are still reviewing the rule, but we will continue to share manufacturers’ perspectives and experiences with the administration to make sure our members aren’t faced with undue cost burdens and other potential disruptions.”
- “And as we have been doing throughout the pandemic through our ‘This Is Our Shot’ project, the NAM and The Manufacturing Institute will continue providing manufacturers with the tools needed to communicate effectively about the importance of COVID-19 vaccines—vaccines made for all of us by people like us, manufacturers in America.”