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Time to Review COVID-19 Vaccination-or-Testing ETS Compliance Steps

Loeb New York Employment & Labor chair Ian Carleton Schaefer is quoted in an article by SHRM discussing the need for employers to familiarize themselves with the emergency temporary standard (ETS), which was revived by a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel as of late and requires all employees to be vaccinated or get weekly tests.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the compliance deadlines for the requirements, with vaccine mandates going into effect on January 10, 2022, as opposed to December 6, 2021, and testing requirements will be implemented beginning February 9 instead of January 4.

"Many employers are feeling a combination of whiplash and organizational fatigue between reconciling their own private mandates while tracking the battle in the courts over the government mandates, which remain unsettled, pending the final word of the Supreme Court," Ian told SHRM. "Add to this the complication of the Omicron spread and the question of whether to require a booster to become fully vaccinated, and you have a landscape that continues to become increasingly complex."

Click here to read the article on SHRM’s website.