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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Health and Safety

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

NOTE: On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced that his administration is directing the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to:

  • Ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated; or
  • Require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work.

No other details have been released nor has a compliance timeline been issued. XpertHR is closely monitoring this evolving development and will update resources as necessary.

It is difficult to imagine a time when the health and safety of employees, and the workplace as a whole, has been such a critical issue for employers. COVID-19 and the emerging variants have sent organizations reeling and struggling to keep up with the concerns expressed by employees, as well the ever-evolving guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to name a few. Whether the safety measures are required or recommended, employers should understand how to implement and apply them to their organization as the pandemic continues.