DATE: December 21, 2021
TO: All Ward Employees
FROM: Pete Guidi
President / CEO
RE: COVID-19 UPDATE
On Friday, December 17, 2021, the Stay on the OSHA ETS standard was lifted by the Sixth Circuit, effectively reinstating the Biden administration’s rule to require businesses with 100 or more employees to require their employees to be vaccinated or to provide a negative COVID test weekly if vaccinated. This decision is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court for a final ruling, however it is likely that this will happen prior to the enforcement dates.
OSHA on its website posted that they will not issue citations for noncompliance earlier than January 10, 2022. While we are not mandating that all employees be vaccinated, we have no choice but to comply with the OSHA ETS by requiring unvaccinated employees wear a mask at work and to provide a negative COVID test weekly.
We are appreciative of those that have already provided proof of their vaccination status to Health and Safety, and again encourage those that have not done so yet, to provide proof as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued cooperation during these unprecedented times.
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