On Nov. 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) unveiled its long-awaited Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination, vaccination verification, face coverings, and testing.
The COVID-19 ETS requires employers with more than 100 employees to develop, implement, and enforce either: (1) a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy; or (2) a policy requiring employees to choose between getting vaccinated or undergoing regular COVID-19 testing and also wearing a face covering at work. The COVID-19 ETS will remain in effect for at least six months. The COVID-19 ETS requirements go into effect in 30 days (Dec. 5, 2021), except for the testing requirements, which go into effect in 60 days (Jan. 4, 2022). Any lawsuits challenging the ETS must be filed in the appropriate United States Court of Appeals by Jan. 4, 2022.