$14,000 fines for unvaccinated workers under Biden’s new COVID rules

BREAKING NEWS: Businesses face fines of up to $14,000 for EACH unvaccinated worker and $136,532 for repeat offenders under Biden’s new mandates that have to be in place by January 4 and will impact more than 80 million

  • All workers covered by Biden’s new coronavirus vaccine mandate must get their final dose January 4 of the new year
  • By that date, all unvaccinated employers at companies with at least 100 workers will have to have started at least weekly testing
  • The new rule will be enforced by OSHA and enforced through planned inspections – just as all other workplace rules are enforced 
  • Violators will face a fine no more than $13,653 for each employee who is not vaccinated or tested weekly and repeat offenders will face a fine up to $136,532

Private companies could face nearly $14,000 fines for each unvaccinated worker – and up to $136,532 for repeat offenders or those found to have willfully violated the rules under the Biden administration’s new sweeping mandates that start today.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the final version of the new rule on Thursday morning, which will impact more than 80 million workers at companies nationwide with at least 100 employees.

‘OSHA is issuing a rule to require employers with 100 or more employees to ensure each of their workers is fully vaccinated or tests negative for COVID at least once a week. This rule covers 84 million employees,’ according to a senior administration official.

Workers who fall under Biden’s order will need to receive their final dose – or only dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – by January 4 of the new year, the official said. After that date, employers will need to implement at least weekly COVID-19 testing for those who aren’t fully vaccinated.

Companies with 100 or more workers will face fines up to $13,653 for each unvaccinated employee in the New Year

Enforcement of the rule, an official said on a background call Wednesday evening, will be just as that of any other rule, which includes planned inspections to check for compliance. 

Red states are likely to rebuke the new rule, and it is currently unclear how the federal government will grapple with that if they try not to comply.

A fact sheet of the new rule from the White House Thursday morning states OSHA is ‘making clear that their new rules preempt any inconsistent state or local laws, including laws that ban or limit an employer’s authority to require vaccination, masks, or testing.’ 

The stringent new guidelines have been put in place amid widespread backlash to mandates, including bids from Republicans to overturn it to keep people in their jobs, fears of staff shortages and first responders in major cities being turned away from work. 

Vaccine mandates have already been put in place in many cities across the country.

On Wednesday San Francisco announced that children aged 5-11 will be forced to prove they’ve had the shot to enter restaurants and entertainment venues. The new rule comes just a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age group.

A senior Biden administration official said the penalties for those who do not comply with the workplace vaccine mandate will be commensurate with fines for all other rule violations.

OSHA will enforce the new rule mandating vaccinations for employees in private industry, just like it does for any other workplace regulation put in place by the Labor Department.

For each employee found to be unvaccinated, the company or business will receive a fine in the amount of no more than $13,653 – the same maximum penalty given for any other workplace violation.

OSHA estimates the rule could prevent more than 250,000 hospitalizations in its first six months after being put in place.

Biden promised when implementing a vaccine mandate for federal workers that his administration would never impose private industry mandates. He broke that promise in September when announcing the new requirement.

At least 40 companies, unions and individuals requested meetings with the the White House Office of Management and Budget to gain clarification regarding the requirements, implementation and enforcement.

New York City firefighters and their supporters protest the city's vaccination mandate on November 1, 2021

New York City firefighters and their supporters protest the city’s vaccination mandate on November 1, 2021

Many pleaded that the mandates be put off until after the holidays as supply chain bottlenecks and worker shortages already threaten to further stunt the U.S. economy during the biggest shopping and shipping season of the year.

Biden already had to work to make a deal with private industry to keep the Port of Los Angeles open 24/7 to help quel traffic jams of shipping container ships amid a trucker shortage.

Many in the trucking industry, including unions, have said that drivers would rather quit, be fired or retire than comply with Biden’s mandate. Others have said that drivers might try to get a job at a smaller company with less than 100 workers to avoid the vaccine requirement. 


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