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development strategies


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and workplace equity


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Clear, balanced rules and guidance on governance issues are critical to creating better workplaces

department of labor’s occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) issued the covid-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS)

SHRM External Affairs Regulatory Update (11/15):

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) was blocked again by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (the “5th Circuit”) last Friday, November 12.

For more information on the OSHA ETS, including guidelines for implementing the proposed standard, visit SHRM’s COVID-19 vaccination resource center

SHRM External Affairs Top Takeaways From The ETS:

  • Employees must be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022, and employers must require unvaccinated employees to mask and produce a negative test on at least a weekly basis.
  • Employers are required to have a written vaccination policy.
  • The OSHA ETS does not apply to employees who do not report to a workplace where there are other individuals such as coworkers or customers are present; employees working from home, or employees who work exclusively outdoors.
  • The OSHA ETS does not require employers to provide or pay for tests.
  • Employers must pay employees for the time it takes to get vaccinated.
  • Employers must ensure all unvaccinated employees are masked.
  • Employers must report COVID-19 fatalities and hospitalizations to OSHA.
  • The OSHA ETS reaffirms that employers must provide reasonable accommodations.
  • According to the Department of Labor (DOL), vaccine, testing and face-covering requirements preempt inconsistent state and local requirements.

Elevating the Voice of HR Through Policy, Not Politics

SHRM has an unwavering commitment to focus on policy, not politics.

We believe in our ability to find consensus when we bring all sides to the table for critical discussions of issues impacting work, workers and workplaces, no matter which party is proposing them.

Together with people like you, we are championing policies that will help organizations and people thrive to create better workplaces and a better world.