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Federal Emergency Temporary Standard Issued with FAQs

Federal Emergency Temporary Standard Issued

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Updated November 18, 2021: OSHA has published on their website that the COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard (ETS) is being put on hold due to pending litigation.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a federal emergency temporary standard (ETS) to address the danger of COVID-19 infection in the workplace. Affected employers will need to comply with most provisions of the ETS by December 5, 2021, and with its testing requirements by January 4, 2022. State plans will have 30 days to adopt the federal ETS or implement their own vaccination standard.

Employers must determine the vaccination status of each employee, obtain proof of vaccination, and keep a roster of each employee’s vaccination status. Employees not fully vaccinated must be tested weekly or within seven days before returning to work. Employers are also required to provide reasonable time to receive a primary vaccination dose.

OSHA also provided some FAQs regarding this ETS.

Click on the image below to download the COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Mandate Employer Obligations.

Click to Download the COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Mandate Employer Obligations

Download the bulletin for more details.


Additional Resources

OSHA COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing ETS Policy Requirements for Employers

COVID-19 Testing for Employees Not Fully Vaccinated Under the ETS


This blog is intended to be a compilation of information and resources pulled from federal, state, and local agencies. This is not intended to be legal advice. For up to the minute information and guidance on COVID-19, please follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health organizations.

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Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization, or providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”