OSHA TESTING RULE:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
To protect Americans during the continuing pandemic, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a new federal mandate that requires companies to ensure employees are tested weekly for COVID-19 or provide proof of vaccination. Deadlines for compliance are:
- December 5: Employees who have not provided proof of vaccination must wear a mask while indoors
- January 5: Employees will need to test weekly or show proof of vaccination.
The rule defines Covered Employees based largely on their individual duties and working conditions. As the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and we interpret the rule, this does not include most, though not all, or our professional truck drivers. Subsequent statements from the Department of Labor appear to support this interpretation of the rule.
However, office and shop employees as well as some professional commercial truck drivers will not be exempt. We will know more soon about who this includes, but here’s what we know so far:
- Vaccination is not a requirement to work at U.S. Xpress. It is your choice.
- We will provide company-paid COVID-19 testing for employees who are not vaccinated.
- The new OSHA rule requires that anyone who is not vaccinated wear a mask when indoors, effective December 5th.
- New drivers coming into orientation will need to comply with the OSHA rule while they’re in orientation either being tested and wearing a mask or showing proof of vaccination.
There are many moving pieces—we’ll keep you updated as we learn more information about the scope of this rule. We’re doing the best we can to remain compliant with the new OSHA rule while making options available for everyone within the U.S. Xpress family of companies.
ANSWERS TO YOUR IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
Am I at risk of losing my job if I do not get vaccinated?
Will the company pay for weekly testing?
What if I work at a customer location that has vaccine requirements?
Do I need to have a booster to be compliant with the OSHA rule?
Should I send in my vaccine card now? And where should it go?
Will U.S. Xpress provide paid time off for getting vaccinated or recovering from any side effects of vaccinations?
If you have further questions, please speak with a Recruiter.