Updated November 17, 2021
This page will be updated as new information becomes available. It is a curated collection of information in one place.
OSHA ETS UPDATE
On November 17th, OSHA officially announced via a posting to their website that, “While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigation." On November 16th, the US judicial panel on multidistrict litigation randomly selected the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to consolidate all petitions. In all, there were 34 petitions in 12 different circuits. AGC of America has yet to receive information in regards to the next steps in the process.
OSHA Releases Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)
November 4, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace. The ETS establishes binding requirements to protect employees of large employers (100 or more employees) from the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace.
- Biden Administration Announces Details of two Major Vaccination Polices fact sheet
- Vaccination and Testing ETS landing page: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/ets2
- Full Vaccination and Testing ETS text: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2021-23643/covid-19-vaccination-and-testing-emergency-temporary-standard
- Vaccination and Testing ETS fact sheet: https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/OSHA4162.pdf
- Vaccination and Testing ETS FAQs: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/ets2/faqs
AGC Releases New Series of COVID-19 Vaccine PSAs to Encourage Construction Workers to Get Their Shot
AGC of America is releasing a new series of COVID-19 vaccine PSAs designed to encourage construction professionals to get their shot. The series will feature testimonials from workers who did not get their shot, contracted COVID and nearly died. They are now urging their co-workers to get their shots. Other videos feature construction mentors talking about the value of the vaccine. You can view the current videos here. The videos urge people to visit AGC of America’s vaccine toolkit to learn more.
Preparing for the OSHA COVID-19 Vaccine/Testing Mandate Webinar Series presented by AGC of America
Understanding the Federal Contractor COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate October 25, 2021
EEOC Shares Internal Religious Accommodation Request Form October 28, 2021
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided the public with the EEOC’s own internal religious accommodation request form as a reference for employers and employees. While the EEOC’s internal forms typically are not made public, the EEOC shared this resource given the extraordinary circumstances employers and employees face due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The form is available here.
EEOC Issues Updated Covid-19 Technical Assistance October 29, 2021
Provides Additional Information on Religious Objections to Workplace Vaccine Requirements
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted updated and expanded technical assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing questions about religious objections to employer COVID-19 vaccine requirements and how they interact with federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws.
Safer Federal Workforce Vaccine FAQ September 27, 2021
by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, including: the White House COVID-19 Response Team, the General Services Administration (GSA), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Task Force members include: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Protective Service (FPS), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the United States Secret Service (USSS).
New CDC Study: Vaccination Offers Higher Protection than Previous COVID-19 Infection September 7, 2021
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COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate for Federal Contractors Update
September 29, 2021, provided by Woods Aitken
Who is a covered Federal Contractor and when must their employees be vaccinated.
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Managing COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates provided by Woods Aitken
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AGC of America has compiled new resources about the benefits of vaccination and encouragement to get the COVID-19 vaccine along with resources to assist with vaccine policies.
Click here for the COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit
AGC of America Coronavirus microsite updated daily and indexed
Mask mandate extended for Lancaster County until November 24 October 27, 2021
Mask mandate to continue for Lancaster County until end of October September 29, 2021
50-State Chart on Vaccines, Exemptions, and Related State Issues from Fischer Philips, August 16, 2021