MARSHFIELD, WI (OnFocus) – The City of Marshfield Finance, Budget and Personnel Committee will be hearing a proposal to require City employees to provide their vaccination status to the human resources department by Jan. 21.
The proposal will be heard by the Finance, Budget and Personnel Committee at their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening.
Human Resources Director Jen Rachu will present the proposal which is geared towards preparing for future mandates due to the COVID-19 virus.
On Nov. 5, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enacted an emergency temporary standard (ETS) that required private employers with over 100 employees to either have their workers either show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or get tested weekly and wear a mask.
The proposal cites already implemented vaccine and testing mandates for private companies. Since the city is a public entity, it does not currently fall under the scope of the vaccine and testing mandates but that could change in the future.
Asking for employee’s vaccination statuses would be a preparation measure in anticipation of OSHA requiring public companies to show proof vaccination or enact weekly testing and mask mandates for their employees.
The Supreme Court is expecting to hear oral arguments for and against the OSHA ETS on Jan. 7 with a ruling expected to come afterwards. OSHA has said they will not issue citations in reference to the ETS before Jan. 10 and would not issue citations in regards to testing before Feb. 9.
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