VAX MANDATE!: ALTHOUGH THE 5TH CIRCUIT DELAYED: ITS COMING!
SF Brothers and Sisters,
Although the 5th circuit delayed the mandate, its coming. We help companies navigate. Your employees will be effected, meaning your business will too, as well as the possible targets you are focused on. How will this change cause your purchase to differ or company to evolve. If you recall, we warned about this several months ago, now its hear.
Let's have a discussion about what you can and cannot do.
The OSHA guidance, in the form of Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), requires larger employers to either require their employees to be vaccinated or provide an option for unvaccinated employees to provide weekly proof of COVID19 testing. The guidance provides exceptions for health or religious reasons. The CMS guidance, in the form of an interim final regulation, imposes an outright vaccination mandate on healthcare providers participating in the Medicare or Medicaid programs, and also allows for limited exceptions. The rules take effect Nov. 5, 2021, and impose short timeframes for employers to come into compliance. Swift legal challenges to both are expected. The OSHA announcement included FAQs and sample policy templates for employers. The CMS announcement also included FAQs. We will provide additional details in the coming days on the OSHA ETS and CMS interim final rule. Please join us next Wed., Nov. 10 from 2-3 p.m. CT for a webcast covering the key points large employers need to be aware of and how Lockton can assist those clients navigating through the vaccination and testing components.