Premier Medical Laboratory Services is ready to help companies with compliance before the February 9th deadline
The Biden Administration’s new federal vaccine mandate for large businesses went into effect on Monday, January 10. The mandate requires businesses with 100 or more employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo testing. Should the employee choose to not get the shot, they must undergo weekly testing and wear a mask at the place of employment. The rule was formally issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on November 5 and blocked more than a month later. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals then lifted the stay on December 17.
However, the rule continues to be challenged, as arguments began in the Supreme Court Friday, January 7. During the hearing some justices hinted that it may be an overreach for OSHA to require vaccinations as a means of making workplaces safe. “It’s not our role to decide public health questions,” Justice Neil Gorsuch said. “But it is our role to decide who should decide.”
Based on the tone and content of the justices’ questions during a Friday hearing, experts believe the President’s vaccine-or-test requirement will unlikely survive the Supreme Court. OSHA indicated it would move slowly on enforcing the vaccine regulations while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether OSHA has the legal authority to enforce the rule ordered by President Joe Biden. The ruling could come at any moment, but until then, here is what employers and employees should know about the mandate:
- OSHA has given businesses until February 9 to be in compliance with the rules or face the possibility of fines in the range of $14,000. That figure could go higher for companies that willfully violate the order.
- Fully remote workers and staff members who work outside exclusively should be included in the 100 or more employee tally. However, they are not subject to the federal vaccine mandate requirements.
- Employers must also include all temporary, seasonal, and part-time workers in the employee tally.
- Employers cannot require employees to use paid leave to go get vaccinated.
- Employees will be required to use their own paid leave should they miss work due to vaccine side effects.
- Employees wanting to return to the workplace must provide a negative covid test seven days prior to returning.
- The covid tests may not both be self-administered and self-read.
- Employees who have tested positive for covid within the last 90 days are also not required to get the vaccine.
- If an employee tests positive with an antigen test, they may return to the workplace with a negative test.
Safely Navigate the Vaccination & Testing Mandate
Premier Medical Laboratory Services (PMLS) is here to help US companies meet the vaccine and testing mandate so you don’t face a fine. With our COVID management program, Keep America Thriving, we provide a mandate compliance framework that offers testing solutions and prevention strategies to keep the American workplace safe and operations steady.
Why choose PMLS?
- Dependable, rapid response: Designed for immediate action, including COVID outbreaks and rapid school-wide testing.
- Test Processing: All test samples are processed at one of Premier’s fully owned and operated, US-based and CLIA certified laboratories. Our laboratories are strategically placed throughout the US to ensure rapid and reliable turnaround times. Premier has one of the highest testing capacities in the nation with the equipment to process over 300,000 tests per day.
- Variant Tracking: Developed one of the largest variant surveillance initiatives in the country with the capability to perform next generation sequencing on up to 21,000 specimens per week.
- Procurement: We’ve assembled the expertise, tests, PPE supplies and procedures to manage your supply chain without delay or disruption. Testing units reside on site for immediate results.
- Software to easily manage employee data: We can help you to implement ConfirmD, our digital health wallet app which enables employers to easily manage vaccination and testing status of their employees for efficient reporting. The mobile application also allows employees to keep all of their vaccination and testing records in one place with a custom QR code.
Schedule a consultation with PMLS today.