As was first reported in the September 10 WBA Wisconsin Banker Daily, President Biden released a plan on September 9 meant to reduce the number of unvaccinated Americans.
By way of background, to implement the plan, Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing a rule 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. OSHA will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement the requirement.
OSHA is also developing a rule that will require employers with more than 100 employees to provide paid time off for the time to takes for workers to get vaccinated or to recover if they are under the weather post-vaccination. This requirement will also be implemented through an ETS.
President Biden executed a second order to take similar steps to require vaccinations for all federal workers and federal contractors that do business with the federal government. The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force had until this past Friday to describe new safety protocols, per the order.
Guidance was released last Friday; however, it unfortunately did not clarify whether banks are considered federal contractors under the vaccine mandate. WBA will continue to closely monitor the developing law and update the membership once coverage of the order is clarified.
By Heather MacKinnon