Last month, President Joe Biden announced sweeping new COVID-19 vaccination requirements that will impact countless businesses and employees across the country, and the cannabis industry is no exception.
Biden said Sept. 9 that all employers with more than 100 employees must require their workers to be vaccinated or undergo COVID-19 testing weekly, as reported by AP News. The administration’s mandate also requires all executive branch employees and contractors who work with the federal government to be vaccinated, with no option for regular tests.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to issue a rule in the coming weeks to implement the requirement for larger companies to mandate vaccinations or weekly COVID-19 testing.
“OSHA is going to draft that rule, and it’s what they call an ETS, an emergency temporary standard,” Ruth Rauls, partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, tells Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary. “It allows them to put it into place without having a review and comment period, which is usually what happens. That ETS is going to come out sometime in the next couple of weeks, so there’s been a lot of speculation as to what that’s actually going to mean and all the questions that come