Federal COVID-19 Vaccinate-or-Test Employer Mandate Back in Play After Appeals Court Ruling

The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reinstated the Biden administration’s requirement that businesses with 100 or more employees either require full vaccination against COVID-19 or a weekly negative test for all employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Temporary Standard (OSHA ETS) had previously been stayed by a different appeals court. OSHA has said it will not begin issuing citations for violations of the ETS before Jan. 10. The case is under appeal and may be affected again by a U.S. Supreme Court decision, but Curi recommends that medical practices prepare for the program to be implemented by January to avoid being caught unprepared. To learn more about the OSHA ETS, click here.

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