Utilities Move to Institute Vaccine Mandates Amongst the Confusion
- Sep 27, 2021 3:53 pm GMT
The Covid 19 pandemic continues to dramatically impact utility management planning. Spurred by White House executive orders, close to half (46%) of organizations now plan vaccine mandate programs, according to Gartner Inc., a market research firm. However, how they will institute such programs and the legality of the orders continue to cloud the decision making process.
In early September, the Biden administration issued two executive orders mandating vaccines for federal workers and contractors and creating new requirements for employers and health care providers. Using Department of Labor Occupational, Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations the orders require businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require that any unvaccinated workers produce a negative Covid test at least once a week. The orders affect about 100 million workers, more than two-thirds of the U.S. workforce.
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