The Wall Street Journal reports:
All employers with 100 or more employees would have to require their workers to be vaccinated or undergo at least weekly Covid-19 testing under a new plan by President Biden to curb the spread of the pandemic, senior administration officials said.
The Labor Department in the coming weeks plans to issue an emergency temporary standard implementing the new requirement, which will cover 80 million private-sector workers, officials said. Businesses that don’t comply can face fines of up to $14,000 per violation, they said.
Biden will also require vaccinations for over 17 million health-care workers at Medicare and Medicaid participating hospitals and in other health-care settings, a significant expansion of an existing requirement aimed at nursing homes.
The federal government will also require vaccinations for staff at Head Start and Early Head Start programs, teachers and staff at Department of Defense schools, and teachers and staff at schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Education.
The Labor Department is drafting a new emergency rule that will require all businesses with 100 or more employees ensure all their workers are either vaccinated or tested once a week, according to a senior administration official.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 9, 2021
The Department of Labor will require all businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure all their workers are either vaccinated or face testing once a week, @nikkicarvajal reports. Companies could face thousands of dollars in fines per employee if they don’t comply.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 9, 2021