OSHA has issued an emergency temporary standard to address COVID in the workplace. This standard is in addition to the previously-issued guidelines on mitigating COVID. The emergency standard applies only to workplaces with 100 or more employees, whereas the guidelines apply to all employers. However, the standard is mandatory and the guidlines are just recommendations for best practices. A summary of the standard is here.
When does it start: I keep seeing articles saying the standard doesn't start until January 4, but I believe this is only partially correct. It says this about when it starts:
The ETS is effective immediately upon publication in Federal Register [this will be November 5]. To comply, employers must ensure provisions are addressed in the workplace by the following dates:
- 30 days after publication: All requirements other than testing for employees who have not completed their entire primary vaccination dose(s)
- 60 days after publication: Testing for employees who have not received all doses required for a primary vaccination