What does President Biden’s Vaccine Mandate mean for my small business?

President Biden recently announced that all private businesses with more than 100 employees must mandate COVID-19 vaccinations within their workforce or subject unvaccinated to weekly testing.

What does this mean for your small business?

Generally speaking, businesses with less than 100 employees are exempt from this ruling. The ruling is being made under OSHA’s Temporary Standard code which enables the President to enforce this when “workers are in grave danger due to exposure to toxic substances or agents determined to be toxic or physically harmful or to new hazards.”

While the official ruling has not been issued by the department of labor, expect common ownership to come into play here as it does with most federal programs. Businesses with common ownership are often grouped as one. If you own multiple businesses that total over 100 employees (we expect it to be 100 full- or part-time people working for you, not 100 full-time equivalents), you should anticipate having to come into compliance with this mandate. Fines for non-compliant businesses can be as much as $14,000 per incident.

While most small businesses are exempt from this ruling, you should consider keeping your COVID-19 policies up to date.

  • What are you work from home policies?
  • Do you have a business continuity plan in place if multiple staff members test positive?
  • What is your expectation of your employees if they are in contact with a positive individual or test positive themselves?
  • Are you using COVID sick pay to cover appropriate payroll expenses?

We have resources for large employers to help you track vaccination status and testing within isolved.

Our team is ready to help you maintain compliance through the ongoing pandemic. Please reach out if we can be of assistance!