Join us TODAY at 3PM Eastern Time as we break down the most important aspects of the ETS, how it’s going to affect your operations, what we see that might become permanent law, and much much more. We’ll have the ZHH leadership team alongside Allison Dodd, partner with Messner Reeves LLP diving into all the details. As always, we’ll leave tons of time for your questions.
Want to learn more in the meantime? Check out our blog post on the newest OSHA guidance.
By the earlier December 5th deadline, employers need to determine each employee’s vaccination status, get proof, and keep a record of who is and who isn’t vaccinated. All unvaccinated employees must wear face masks by that date. You’ll also need to establish a vaccination policy, and provide info about the ETS and workplace policies to employees, in a language and literacy level that’s easy for the employee to understand.
First, you should be deciding whether you’ll mandate vaccination or offer the weekly testing option. Next, you’ll need to start preparing a communication plan to inform your employees of the ETS and your company policy. This is the time to be pushing for vaccination, and using the Dec. 5th deadline for masks for all unvaccinated employees could be a compelling reason to go get the shot. Work on your vaccination encouragement - who will be your champions, what incentives might you offer, and how can you remove barriers? If you do opt for weekly testing for those who are unvaccinated, you should start thinking about how to procure the tests you need. And, perhaps most importantly, you need to start gathering vaccination status for all of your employees - you only have a month to get that info if you haven’t yet. (And ZHH can help with tracking vaccination status and weekly testing, if you haven’t already connected with us, please don’t hesitate to reach out!).
Test kits are sporadically available, and we expect there might be a run on rapid tests after today. We’re still waiting to see if there’s any info about discounted tests negotiated by the federal government. If you’re interested, we recommend checking in with your first aid supplier who may have some available tests. Amazon, Target, and Walmart also have available rapid tests at the moment, as do some manufacturers and medical suppliers.
Yes, and that was one of the surprises in the guidance. Unvaccinated people who have tested positive for COVID are exempt for 90 days from the date of their positive test or diagnosis. After 90 days, they’ll need weekly testing again.
Not at this time, but it may be required in the future. The focus now is getting employees to get vaccinated and upload their vax cards. There is some possibility that the CDC’s definition of fully vaccinated will be modified later. We’ll be updating our tracking systems accordingly when that occurs.