On the second full day after President Biden took office, his administration released a broad-based, ambitious, 200-page National Strategy For The COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness (the “Plan”). The Plan’s stated objective is to “provide a roadmap to guide America out of the worst public health crisis in a century,” and sets forth seven goals to achieve that objective. The Plan emphasizes that the federal government’s actions will be founded in science and data and will be coordinated through a new COVID-19 Response Office.
Important for employers, however, is that the Plan’s success “requires sustained, coordinated, and complementary efforts of … groups across the country, including … health care providers; businesses; manufacturers critical to the supply chain, communities of color, and unions.”
While much of the Plan focuses on government initiatives, including a robust public education, testing, and vaccination plan that relies on local government cooperation, there are some key provisions that are directly or indirectly applicable to employers, including the following:
As President Biden seeks to quickly address many of these initiatives through executive action, and if Congress itself takes further action, it remains critically important that employers stay up to date and consult legal counsel to ensure they are compliant with current obligations and best practices.