5-Step Plan for Employers After President Biden Announces Workplace Vaccine Mandates

In arguably the most far-reaching move of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Biden administration announced yesterday that federal workplace safety officials will soon issue a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to either ensure their workers are vaccinated or require unvaccinated employees to produce a weekly negative test result before coming to work.


Businesses will also be required to give workers paid time off to get vaccinated and to recover from any vaccine side effects as part of the forthcoming emergency rule expected from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


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USDA’s Pesticide Data Program will sample Watermelon beginning Next Month

The USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) is a national pesticide residue monitoring program for foods, with an emphasis on those commodities highly consumed by infants and children.  The PDP includes plans, sampling history, annual summaries, and all monitoring results data.  Sampling of butter and watermelon will begin on October 1, 2021 as a part of the routine rotation of the foods analyzed by the program.  Watermelon and butter samples will be collected from PDP sampling sites in California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington State.  These commodities have been sampled by PDP before - most recently watermelon in 2015 and butter in 2013.



 

NCAE announces new opportunity to vaccinate farmworkers

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) announced today that the Council’s ongoing collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has resulted in another new opportunity to protect farmworkers from COVID-19.  “Earlier this year, NCAE members participated with the CDC in a pilot project to test H-2A workers for COVID and quarantine any infected workers in Mexico prior to transiting to their temporary jobs in the States,” noted Michael Marsh, President and CEO.

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Are H-2A Workers Included in Employee Count?

A big question related to the President’s Workplace Safety Policy executive order that requires vaccinations (or weekly testing) for employers of 100 or more has brought up a number of questions.  In particular, will H-2A workers be included in the employee count? As of today, we do not have an answer to that question.  We are awaiting the ‘definition’ to come along with the rules that will explain how the program will be rolled out, implemented and monitored.  We ‘believe’ the answer will be ‘yes’, but to what degree (if any) is yet unknown.  Stay tuned for more information as soon as it comes available.

 

 

How Do Employers Respond to Vaccine/Testing Requirement?

In arguably the most far-reaching move of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Biden administration just announced that federal workplace safety officials will soon issue a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to either ensure their workers are vaccinated or require unvaccinated employees to produce a weekly negative test result before coming to work. As you would expect, there are many moving parts with such a significant development, and employers are bound to have questions. When will this new rule take effect? Will it apply to remote workers? Who pays for the tests? And what kind of tests are we talking about?

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