OSHA VACCINE MANDATE RULE FINAL: EFFECTIVE EARLY JANUARY BUT SOME COMPLIANCE NEEDED BY DECEMBER 5
Article provided by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce
NOTE: Indiana Chamber, Wellness Council of Indiana to Host Webinar Next Week
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 vaccine rule mandate for employers with 100 or more employees is now final. The White House released a fact sheet this morning. The good news is that some of the most pressing concerns by the business community were favorably addressed.
The overall rule takes effect January 4. The Biden administration had been under pressure from business and industry groups to wait until after the holidays for implementation given the employee shortages many retailers, in particular, are facing.
However, December 5 is also a key date for some compliance. That’s when employers are required to: 1) start paying paid time off for employees to get vaccinated; and 2) start supplying masks for unvaccinated workers.
We will host a webinar November 11 from 10-11:30 a.m. EST for you to ask questions and receive further guidance. The Indiana Chamber’s Wellness Council of Indiana is currently finalizing the webinar, which will be presented by legal counsel and cover all the details of the OHSA rule and getting in compliance. We encourage all impacted employers to join us live or watch the session on replay. The webinar is free for Indiana Chamber and Wellness Council of Indiana members. Register to attend.
All the key details of the final rule:
Fines for employers who willfully fail to comply with the rule could be as high as $14,000 per violation – and multiple fines per business.
Again, we encourage you to register for the webinar on November 11.
In the meantime, please reach out with questions to Jennifer Pferrer, executive director of the Wellness Council of Indiana at (317) 264-2168, or Mike Ripley, the Chamber’s vice president of employment law and health care policy at (317) 264-6883.
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