In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal and state governments have enacted several rules requiring employers to enforce certain vaccination and testing policies. Each federal rule has faced various legal challenges, making it difficult for employers to know which ones apply to them and when the applicable rules take effect. On January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the enforcement of the OSHA mandate that applied to businesses with 100 or more employees, but allowed the CMS mandate to proceed at least for now.
To complicate things even more, employers may have to consider reasonably accommodating those with certain health conditions and those with sincerely held religious beliefs for any mandates that are in effect.
The following is a summary of the laws relating to COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements that might affect your business:
As always, the Labor & Employment Team at Wright Lindsey Jennings is ready to answer your questions on a variety of employment-related issues, including the types of COVID-related policies your business should have.
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