The guidance was issued via an Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) requiring employers to develop, implement, and enforce a mandatory vaccination policy or an alternative policy requiring COVID-19 testing and face coverings for unvaccinated employees.
On January 25, OSHA announced it is withdrawing the ETS as an enforceable temporary standard. However, OSHA is not withdrawing the ETS as a proposed rule and is instead focused on finalizing a permanent COVID-19 healthcare standard. OSHA also strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination of employees in the workplace.
Here’s our guidance on the most asked questions about COVID-19 vaccine mandates: