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Current COVID requirements affecting retail at the federal, state, and local levels

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Federal Level:

  • September 13, 2021: President Biden announced a vaccine mandate requiring ALL employers with 100+ employees in their organization to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly.
  • OSHA Rulemaking in progress:
  • Note: Washington state is not subject to OSHA’s rules. L&I is developing emergency rules based on Biden’s mandate independent of OSHA’s ETS development. However, L&I’s rules will be at least equivalent to or may go beyond the OSHA standard.
  • Deadline for vaccination: No date set yet for private-sector employees as rulemaking is still in progress. All federal employees are required to be vaccinated by November 22, 2021, according to Executive Order 14043
  • FAQs – To be determined in the rulemaking process
    • When will rules be published, and what is the process for comments?
    • Who is responsible for covering the cost of tests? Employees or employers?
    • What are record-keeping requirements?
    • Exemption process?
    • Remedial measures for employers to take?
    • Several top retailers plan to sell rapid tests at cost, with over 10,000 pharmacies offering free testing.

State Level:

  • Washington Ready Plan as of June 30, 2021
  • COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers as of June 30, 2021
  • L&I Requirements as of August 23, 2021
  • Current Mask Requirements as of August 31, 2021
  • Current Vaccine Requirements as of August 21, 2021
  • The proclamation requires all state employees, higher education, childcare, K-12 education employees, and most health and long-term care providers to be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021, as a condition of employment. Employers will need to verify the vaccination status of all employees. This does not apply to private-sector employers.
  • Deadline for vaccination: October 18, 2021
  • FAQs:

Local Level –
King County:

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