OSHA ETS Suspension and Workpledge AI's Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

Updated: Dec 5, 2021

NEW YORK — On November 17, 2021, the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that was issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was suspended by OSHA. Effective immediately, activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS were paused by OSHA pending future developments in the litigation. This suspension comes after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals quickly blocked the ETS after its announcement by OSHA on November 4, 2021. Currently, OSHA may not take steps to implement or enforce the ETS. While the future of the ETS is unknown, if the requirement is reinstated at a later date, Workpledge AI is prepared to move forward with a vaccination and testing policy for all contingent workers.


You’ll recall from previous alerts, the ETS would require public employers with 100 or more employees to follow a new set of rules for the Covid-19 vaccine and testing. The ETS mandated employers to require the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing for employees by January 4, 2022 and required unvaccinated workers to begin masking. In addition to the vaccine and testing requirements, the ETS also required employers to provide paid time off for workers to get the vaccine and recover from side effects.


Without the OSHA mandate, Workpledge AI will follow the applicable federal, state, and local mandates, as well as worksite requirements for the COVID-19 vaccine. While the ETS is currently on hold, there is a separate vaccine mandate at the federal level for federal contractors. Workpledge AI clients affected by this mandate can utilize the Workpledge AI vaccination policy template and COVID-19 resources, which are available through your client services team. Because guidance on the vaccine is frequently changing, it is imperative for Workpledge AI clients to work closely with each client facility to understand the vaccination requirements for workers entering the facility.


Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Workpledge AI has provided a toolkit to help our partners navigate new requirements and changing legislation due to COVID-19. The latest COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit outlines best practices for handling vaccine-related requests and answers frequently asked questions surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. Workpledge AI also offers technology solutions for tracking and reporting vaccination cards and statuses, where required by industry or client. Questions about the system solutions for these policies can be directed to hr@workpledge.ai.


As always, individuals with questions are encouraged to contact their Workpledge AI client services representative or human resources department.


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