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

BREAKING NEWS: Companies risk fines of up to $14,000 for ANY unvaccinated employee and $136,532 for repeat offenders under Biden’s new mandates due Jan. 4 and will impact more than 80 million

  • All employees under Biden’s new coronavirus vaccine mandate must receive their last dose on January 4 of the new year
  • By that date, all unvaccinated employers at companies with at least 100 employees must have started testing at least weekly
  • The new rule will be enforced by OSHA and enforced through scheduled inspections – just as all other rules are enforced in the workplace
  • Violators will be fined no more than $136,532 for each employee not vaccinated or tested weekly and repeat offenders will be fined up to $136,532

Private companies could face fines of nearly $14,000 for each unvaccinated employee — and up to $136,532 for repeat offenders or those who deliberately break the rules under the Biden administration’s new sweeping mandates starting today.

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

OSHA is enacting a rule requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that each of their employees is fully vaccinated or tests negative for COVID at least once a week. This rule affects 84 million employees,” said a senior government official.

Workers under Biden’s command must receive their last dose — or any dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — by Jan. 4 of the new year, the official said. After that date, employers must conduct at least weekly COVID-19 testing for those not fully vaccinated.

Enforcement of the rule, an official said during a background call Wednesday night, will be just like any other rule, including scheduled inspections to check for compliance.

Red states are likely to reprimand the new rule, and it’s currently unclear how the federal government will handle it if they try not to comply.

A fact sheet of the new White House rule Thursday morning states that OSHA “makes it clear that their new rules take precedence over inconsistent state or local laws, including laws that prohibit or limit an employer’s authority to require vaccination, masks or testing.” ‘.

The strict new guidelines have been introduced amid widespread backlash to mandates, including Republican bids to topple it to keep people in work, fears of staff shortages and first responders in major cities being turned away from work.

Vaccination mandates have already been introduced in many cities across the country.

On Wednesday, San Francisco announced that children ages 5-11 will have to prove they’ve had a chance 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.

Companies with 100 or more employees will face fines of up to $13,653 for each unvaccinated employee in the new year

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A senior Biden administration official said the penalties for those who fail to comply with the workplace vaccine mandate will be commensurate with fines for all other violations of the rules.

OSHA will enforce the new rule prescribing vaccinations for private sector workers, just as it does for any other workplace regulation introduced by the Department of Labor.

For any employee who is not vaccinated, the company or corporation will be fined no more than $13,653 — the same maximum fine given for any other workplace violation.

OSHA estimates the rule could prevent more than 250,000 hospitalizations in the first six months after implementation.

Biden, in implementing a vaccine mandate for federal workers, promised that his administration would never impose any mandates on the private sector. He broke that promise in September when he announced the new requirement.

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

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

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

Many have argued for delaying the mandates until after the holidays, as supply chain bottlenecks and labor shortages threaten to hamper the US economy already during the biggest shopping and shipping season of the year.

Biden has already had to work to negotiate a deal with private industry to keep the Port of Los Angeles open 24/7 to help quell container ship traffic jams amid a shortage of truck drivers.

Many in the trucking industry, including unions, have said drivers would rather quit, be fired or retire than adhere to Biden’s mandate. Others have said drivers could try to get a job at a smaller company with fewer than 100 employees to avoid the vaccination requirement.



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