Employers are sure to have questions regarding OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) addressing COVID-19 vaccines, testing and masking requirements that may apply to employers with over 100 employees.
Following the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, all branches of government and administrative bodies have grappled with how to address the health and economic threats posed by the virus, while staying within the bounds of their rule-making authority and powers.
Effective April 1, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) imposed new obligations on private sector employers with less than 500 employees and covered governmental employers to provide employees with paid leave related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which in part provides emergency paid sick leave and expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave for COVID-19 issues, was signed into law on March 18, 2020.
In an effort to help employers ensure they continue to maintain a safe workplace now that COVID-19 has been classified as a pandemic, OSHA recently issued Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.