- Employees must provide proof of vaccination or get weekly COVID tests starting Jan 4.
- Staffing firms with at least 100 employees, regardless of whether they’re internal or temps, must comply.
- Fines could cost nearly $14K per unvaccinated employee
According to new federal guidelines published on November 4th, 2021, all private employers with 100 or more employees must require that either all workers be vaccinated, or that they undergo weekly testing and wear a mask at work.
You might be wondering, how does this affect my staffing firm if I only have a few internal employees but many temporary workers? Staffing firm owners with at least 100 employees, regardless of whether they are internal or temporary employees, must comply or face potential fines.
Who has to comply?
According to guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employees at affected businesses must be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022, or provide weekly negative Covid-19 test results to their employers. Those who are unvaccinated must begin wearing masks while indoors or while riding in a vehicle for work purposes, with a colleague inside, beginning Dec. 5, 2021.
Staffing employees count for me, but not my client?
Correct. Temporary workers will count toward the staffing firm’s 100-employee threshold, not the business that utilizes them. Independent contractors do not count toward the total, however.
How much is this going to cost me?
The cost of testing and masks falls on the employee. To ensure you’re in compliance, however, it may be wise to invest in a third-party partner to help keep track of and administer vaccination records. Fines for violations could be as high as nearly $14,000 per unvaccinated employee.
Businesses will be required to provide paid time off for workers to get the shot and to recover from any side effects.
What do I have to do?
Employers establish policy to collect proof of vaccination for each employee, and ensure unvaccinated workers are tested for Covid-19 at least weekly if they’re onsite at least once a week, or within seven days before returning to work if they’re gone longer. It is also the responsibility of the employer to make sure unvaccinated employees wear face masks indoors or when occupying a vehicle for work purposes when there is another person inside for work purposes.
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