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EDC/SBDC Webinar: OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)
December 3, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Presented By: Champaign-Urbana attorney Lorna Geiler, shareholder at Meyer Capel
For employers with more than 100 employees, unvaccinated employees must begin wearing masks by December 5, 2021, and undergo weekly COVID-19 tests, beginning January 4, 2022, under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) highly anticipated Emergency Temporary Standard (https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2021-23643.pdf). The standard applies to businesses with at least 100 employees companywide.
The White House announced (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/11/04/fact-sheet-biden-administration-announces-details-of-two-major-vaccination-policies/) the following details about the ETS:
- All unvaccinated workers must begin wearing masks by December 5 and provide a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis beginning January 4.
- Employers must pay employees for the time it takes to get vaccinated and recover from any side effects that prevent them from working.
- Companies are not required to pay for or provide the tests unless they are otherwise required to by state or local laws or in labor union contracts.
- The OSHA ETS reaffirms that employers must provide reasonable accommodations.
- Employers are required to have a written vaccination policy.
- There are exceptions to the OSHA ETS for certain categories of employees.
This session will include a presentation of these topics along with the CMS requirements for healthcare workers and the rules applicable to federal contractors relating to COVID-19. The session will be led by Lorna Geiler followed by Q&A. Participants will be able to ask questions in the chatbox, which will be addressed at the end of the presentation, moderated by a member of our team.
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021
Time: 10 – 11 AM
*After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Please note: A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked OSHA’s vaccine-or-testing policy for businesses with at least 100 employees. However, covered employers should still prepare while litigation is pending, according to employment law attorneys.
Lorna K. Geiler is a shareholder with Meyer Capel, P.C. She concentrates her practice on employment and labor law representing primarily employers in ensuring compliance with applicable laws and, where appropriate, litigating. Lorna also represents employers in union organization efforts and labor negotiations.
This webinar will be recorded and may be shared publicly. By registering for this webinar, you understand that your questions or comments shared during the webinar will be recorded and shared in a public domain.