OSHA Vaccine Mandate Doesn’t Include Independent Contractors

Kennith Bogan

All U.S. corporations with 100+ staff members should ensure employees’ vaccination standing or have them offer a adverse COVID-19 test at the time per week starting up Jan. 4, 2022 – but the rule probable won’t have an effect on most Fla. RE brokerages.

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration formally declared required vaccination rules for staff, an “Emergency Short term Standard” (ETS), on Thursday. Helpful Jan. 4, 2022, companies with 100 employees or a lot more have to both guarantee that they are vaccinated or, alternately, have unvaccinated personnel existing a damaging COVID-19 examination when for each week.

On the other hand, the new rule from the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Protection and Well being Administration (OSHA) must have minimal influence on most Florida brokerages, due to the fact the language claims, “Part-time staff do count toward the corporation whole, but independent contractors do not.”

Considering the fact that most brokerages function with less than 100 personnel and a greater roster of independent contractors, the real estate field really should come to feel only a slight effect from OSHA’s announcement.

OSHA manufactured an overview of the new prerequisites in the ETS on its site.

A release set out by the White Property shown principal needs under the new mandate:

  • Get workers vaccinated by Jan. 4 and have to have unvaccinated staff to create a destructive exam on at minimum a weekly foundation: Vaccination usually means either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one particular dose of Johnson & Johnson. Just after that, all coated employers should make certain that any workforce who have not obtained the vital shots generate a verified damaging examination to their employer at the very least weekly. The ETS describes the wide variety of tests that comply with the standard.
  • Fork out workers for the time it can take to get vaccinated: The principles require time off to get the vaccine in addition “if desired, unwell depart to recover from facet results.”
  • Make sure all unvaccinated personnel are masked
  • Compliance: Needs for employer reporting and recordkeeping are spelled out in the OSHA products.

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