|Maine Medicine Weekly Update
October 18, 2021
Federal COVID Vaccine Mandate Rules Have Been Drafted
The federal COVID vaccine mandate for employers with 100 or more workers testing has moved one step closer to enforcement. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) sent a finalized initial draft of the emergency order to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. A department within OMB will conduct a standard review of the regulation.
Officials did not provide a time frame, but they have 90 days to review the rule or send it back to OSHA for revision. There is no public text of the draft. It won’t be published until OMB completes its review.
According to Politico, the federal mandate order directs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Labor Department to mandate vaccination via an emergency temporary standard. These standards take effect immediately and remain in place until there’s a permanent rule that replaces it, usually within about six months of the emergency standard being set.
Click here for Associated Press story: Biden vaccine order moves closer to enforcement
President Biden announced in early September new federal vaccine requirements for certain private-sector employees, health care workers, and federal contractors.
Click here for current information from OSHA: Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace (Updated, August 13, 2021)
One-third of Americans in the private sector work at businesses with fewer than 100 employees.
89 percent of companies have less than 20 employees.
But 64 percent of all employees work at large companies that employ 100 or more. (US Census Bureau)
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