OSHA released its highly anticipated vaccine mandate for employers with 100+ employees.
Employers with 100 or more employees must adopt a policy under which all employees are “fully vaccinated” (meaning two weeks after a one-shot vaccination, such as Johnson & Johnson, or two weeks after the second dose of two-shot vaccination, such as Pfizer or Moderna) by January 4, 2022.
For independently owned franchises, the franchise counts its own employees only. For multi-unit franchises, they may be regarded as a “single company” if they “handle safety matters as one company.” OSHA has also issued FAQs regarding how employers would meet the 100-employee threshold, preemption of conflicting state and local laws, the obligation of states that administer their own state-run OSHA plans, and proof of acceptable employee documentation.
It is believed that over 84 million employees will be subject to this rule, though about 3/5s of subject workers are already vaccinated. Oregon has the authority to create its own rules related to occupational health and safety, but OR-OSHA is likely to adopt and/ or consider many of the federal vaccine rule components below.
Source: Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association; OSHA