The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has published a toolkit with resources to help organizations comply with the requirement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) emergency temporary standard (ETS) on COVID-19 vaccines and testing. The ETS requires employers with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccinations for their workers or weekly COVID-19 tests to attend work.
The NAHB’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard Toolkit is organized as a Q&A that addresses several of the most common questions the organization has received from members regarding the new ETS. By December 6, businesses must have a written policy in place that details their COVID-19 vaccination and testing plans. Additionally, employers must determine employee vaccination status, provide paid time off for vaccinations and recovery, require face coverings for unvaccinated employees, and provide information to employees on a company policy.
Businesses must mandate weekly testing for unvaccinated employees by January 4, according to the ETS. Part-time employees do count toward the total number of employees for a company, as well as employees who telework, while independent contractors do not count toward a company’s total number of employees.
The NAHB resource also addresses questions about the ETS and multi-employer jobsites and subcontractors, possible employee exemptions from the vaccine requirement, and the impact of the ETS on existing state laws.