Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: What Cannabis Companies Should Know Ahead of Official Regulations


<![CDATA[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 along with it.”OSHA sent a draft rule to the White House last week for review, Rauls says, but it is unclear when the rule will be approved and implemented. Once a formal regulation is issued, employers will have more guidance on what they need to do moving forward, and Rauls said cannabis companies are no different from businesses in other industries when it comes to compliance.“The cannabis industry is … just like any other employer when they’re trying to manage this,” she says. “It’s looking at their employee base, where they’re working, and taking steps to make sure that ……

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