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Vaccine Mandates, OSHA, and the White House Six-Point Plan on Fighting the Pandemic

General News|Nov 12, 2021

Arcwood President & CEO, Peter Rowe, along with Diana Durham, President of Arcwood HR, detail how the latest federal vaccine mandates and OSHA regulations are likely to impact employers around the country.

0:05:57 – Background on the Path Out of the Pandemic Action Plan from President Joe Biden.

0:07:53 – “Vaccinating the Unvaccinated” – this portion of the Biden plan includes the specific employees and contractors that will require vaccination prior to January 18, 2022. This also includes masking and distancing requirements if the employees are in higher transmission rates.

0:10:43 – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance for providers or those who offer CMS services

0:12:59 – OSHA ETS enforcement of the federal vaccine mandate for employers and COVID testing guidelines for non-vaccinated employees – introduces the 100+ employee rule, weekly testing requirements for non-vaccinated employees, paid sick leave for vaccination and recovery, masking requirements, reporting and record keeping.

0:20:51 – Policies and processes employers must have ready prior December 4, 2021.

0:22:08 – Vaccination status documentation

0:26:15 – Testing for non-vaccinated employees

0:35:43 – Face covering requirement for non-vaccinated employees

0:39:04 – Paid time off for getting vaccinated (and potential side effects)

0:44:27 – Employee notifications

0:56:13 – OSHA Reporting & Records

1:01:47 – Resources – vaccination policy models / templates for employers, third-party support, CDC guides

January 4, 2022, OSHA ETS vaccination enforcement begins.

This video is for informational purposes only, and should not be considered direct “advice.” For consultation and advice in your particular situation, contact

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Diana Durham

Diana Durham

Diana Durham is Vice President of Arcwood HR, LLC, an Arcwood Consulting firm. With over 20 years of experience managing employees and human resources for small to large organizations, Diana is a valuable, hands-on, resource for Arcwood clients. Diana holds a current PHR Certification through the Human Resources Certification Institute. Diana understands running a company in today’s world is challenging and is passionate about working with employers to design best practices in training/development, employee relations, systems, staffing, operations, and other Human Resource related areas. When Diana isn’t tackling HR issues, she can be found paddling an outrigger canoe with her husband, participating in 5k races, or reading a good book.