Businesses, health experts review Biden’s new COVID-19 vaccination rules

New regulations will require employers to provide workers with paid time off to get vaccinated

“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin,” President Biden scolded those who are willfully unvaccinated against COVID-19, as he imposed strict new mandates that require vaccination or weekly tests across two-thirds of the U.S. workforce. The rules will apply not just to educators, health care workers and federal employees; companies with more than 100 workers will also have to get them vaccinated or tested weekly for the disease.

In New Jersey that’s more than 1.3 million people, and business leaders fear the cost of weekly testing and of violations — which could hit $14,000 per case. Labor law experts say the new regulations, to be issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, are probably legal, but unions want to negotiate opt-outs.

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