What Every Employer Should Know About the President’s Employee Vaccine / Testing Mandate

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced a sweeping, six-pronged COVID-19 Action Plan that includes an employee vaccine mandate that will significantly impact many private employers. Under the proposed regulation, which will be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), covered employers whose employees refuse to get vaccinated will need to require proof of a negative COVID test each week. Covered employers must also provide paid leave to employees who receive vaccines or are recovering from the side effects of a vaccine. 

At an event hosted by the Association of Corporate Counsel – Greater Philadelphia, Brad Kushner addressed the likely implications of the law and what employers can do to prepare, along with steps in-house legal teams can take to comply with other OSHA standards in the age of COVID-19. Joining them was Thomas McDonough, Associate General Counsel – Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.