Last night, President Biden announced a COVID-19 action plan that includes vaccine mandates for businesses and federal workers, among other announcements. Impactful to the hospitality industry and other businesses, Biden has instructed the U.S. Department of Labor to release an emergency rule that requires all businesses with 100 or more employees to require full vaccination of their employees or that they produce weekly negative COVID tests. Employers will also be required to provide paid time off of a reasonable amount to ensure workers can get vaccinated and recovery from any side effects. In his announcement, President Biden announced that this would also be mandated for all federal workers and would impact approximately 80 million workers in the private sector.
For more details on President Biden’s full vaccine plan and other announcements, including those affecting health care workers, schools, and others, please click here.
FRLA, along with our partners at the National Restaurant Association and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), will continue to follow updates on these new mandates, their effective date, and how they will affect our industry and will keep you updated as we have more details.