Biden Administration to Publish Vaccine Mandate Rules in ‘Coming Days’

The Labor Department has completed a draft of an emergency standard, which is under review. When it is released, a flurry of corporate vaccine mandates is expected to follow.

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The Biden administration will publish vaccine mandate rules ‘in the coming days.’

Many companies have a long list of questions about how a vaccine requirement will work.Credit…Matt Rourke/Associated Press

Nov. 1, 2021, 12:29 p.m. ET

The Biden administration will release the highly anticipated details of a federal vaccine mandate for private employers “in coming days,” a representative for the Department of Labor said Monday. When the details become public, a flurry of corporate vaccine mandates is expected to follow.

President Biden instructed the Department of Labor and its Occupational Safety and Health Administration in September to draft an emergency temporary standard requiring businesses with 100 or more employees to mandate vaccinations against the coronavirus or weekly testing. The process has been particularly painstaking given likely legal challenges to the rule.

The Office of Management and Budget completed its review of the rule on Monday, the Labor Department representative said. It will now go to the Federal Register for review, which will publish it “in the coming days,” the representative said.

The Department of Labor has received comments on the mandate from trade groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, as well as executives from companies like UPS, the Walt Disney Company, Fidelity Investments. Many companies have a long list of questions about how the requirement will work, including who will pay for testing associated with the mandate and how the federal government will track compliance.

Some companies, like 3M, Procter & Gamble, IBM, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue, have already moved forward with vaccine mandates, but others have said they are awaiting more details from the federal government.

Noam Scheiber contributed reporting.

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