This morning the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) filed a hotly-anticipated Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) related to COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and face coverings in the workplace. This follows an announcement by President Biden on September 9, 2021, directing OSHA to develop a rule to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Details are posted on the OSHA website, but here are some of the key highlights:
ETS is effective immediately, as of 11/5/2021.
Employers must comply with all requirements, except testing, within 30 days. Testing compliance within 60 days.
ETS applies to employers with 100 or more employees. In Minnesota, along with other states with an OSHA approved State Plan, the ETS applies to public sector workers employed by state and local governments, including educators and school staff.
Employers must determine the vaccination status of each employee, obtain proof of vaccination status, and maintain records.
Require employees to notify the employer of a positive COVID test or diagnosis. Employers must then remove the employee from the workplace.
Employees who are not fully vaccinated must be tested at least weekly if the employee is in the workplace at least one day a week.
Employees who are not fully vaccinated must wear a face covering when indoors or in a vehicle with another person for work purposes.
ETS does not require employers to pay for testing or face coverings. Employers may assume costs if they so choose.
ETS does not apply to 100% remote employees or employees who work exclusively outdoors.
Requires employers to provide up to four hours of paid time to receive each vaccination dose, and reasonable time and paid sick leave to recover from side effects experiencing following each dose.
Greater Mankato Growth staff is continuing to monitor this announcement. We will provide additional details and resources as they become available.
Greater Mankato Growth has partnered with the Minnesota Ready Coalition lead by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to call on Governor Tim Walz to provide immediate support to those businesses and their employees most impacted by the issuance ofExecutive Order 20-99. Greater Mankato Growth joined 90 partner chambers and associations across the state in sending theGovernor a letterthis weekregarding the urgency in supporting these businesses/organizations. Our organization continues to follow and educate members on proposed relief plans and take action to support local businesses through a variety of initiatives.Continue reading “Greater Mankato Growth Signs on to Minnesota Ready Coalition Letter”→
Update: Details of the final relief bill have not yet been announced. A special session is expected to take place on December 14, 2020 and state leaders are optimistic that legislators will be able to work out an agreement by that time.
MN State Government leaders announced two proposed relief packages for businesses and individuals who have been impacted by the recent shutdown and COVID-19 in general. Legislators are still working through the details of both packages with a final relief package expected to be released on December 1. Greater Mankato Growth will share additional information as soon as it becomes available.
Here’s what we know about the Governor’s proposed package:
Direct relief through the Minnesota Department of Revenue is planned for all 14,000 businesses affected by the shutdown.
Details on this are not specific, but Governor Walz referenced direct payments to businesses and waiver of regulatory fees. Governor Walz also called for a moratorium on eviction for small businesses.
Extension of unemployment benefits by 13 weeks to individuals who have been on long-term unemployment.
Direct payments of $500 to families receiving MFIP or DWP benefits.
A one time grant is being proposed for restaurants to supply healthcare workers, homeless shelters, and long-term care facilities.
Proposed tax credit for businesses that donate food that would otherwise spoil or be thrown away.
Today Governor Walz announced a new EO-20-81-Final implementing a statewide requirement to wear facial coverings when inside indoor businesses and indoor public settings. This requirement will be effective beginning July 25. You can find general information and FAQs on the mask mandate here. In addition, below are FAQs provided by the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development relating specifically to business questions. Continue reading “Governor Walz Announces Statewide Indoor Mask Mandate”→
Beginning Friday, July 10 the Mankato City Council’s emergency declaration ordinance requiring face coverings goes into effect. The City has published a website with details about the ordinance and compliance, including FAQs and optional signage businesses can utilize.
The City of Mankato Council last evening passed an emergency ordinance which will require the use of a mask or face covering in places of public accommodation. The ordinance will take effect Friday, July 10, 2020 and be in effect for 60 days (starting July 6) unless modified by Council. The full ordinance can be viewed here. You can view additional information about the ordinance and compliance at the City of Mankato’s Website. The site includes FAQs as well as optional signage businesses can utilize.
The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) is now reopened for all eligible business to apply for the $10,000 grant advance and loan. The program was previously closed for new applications for a period of time due to a funding lapse. Businesses can get more information and apply for this program here.
As you hopefully know, Greater Mankato Growth has worked tirelessly to identify resources, answer questions, facilitate discussions and advocate on behalf of our business community to allow all businesses to open safely. Today marks another milestone in that effort as many more businesses are allowed to open their doors. In furtherance of those efforts, Greater Mankato Growth is partnering with the Minnesota Ready coalition lead by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to call on Governor Walz to take the final step and fully and safely reopen all businesses no later than June 19. Continue reading “Join Greater Mankato Growth in Advocacy”→
As businesses reopen, some are restricted to certain limitations based on a percentage of total occupancy. Below is information from experts at the City of Mankato to help you determine the occupancy capacity for your business. Once the occupant load is known, divide the occupant load by the reduction per Executive Order(s). Continue reading “UPDATED: What’s My Occupancy Limit?”→