Articles — Nov 5, 2021
Helping Employers Navigate the Latest OSHA and CMS Vaccination Policies
As the pandemic enters yet another phase, employers have been tasked with tracking COVID-19 vaccines and test results for their employees. This comes as a result of President Biden’s September 9th announcement, as well as additional OSHA and CMS vaccination policies released on November 4th. A highlight of the new policies is that employers with 100 or more employees are required to have their employees vaccinated by January 4th, 2022, and unvaccinated employees must produce a negative test on at least a weekly basis. To learn more about all of the new rules released on November 4th, please visit whitehouse.gov.
HR leaders have a lot of change to navigate today, with nearly 70% reporting in our recent study that the pandemic presented them with challenges as they were not prepared to handle employee experience and emerging HR needs* To help employers respond to the evolving environment and new vaccination guidance, bswift teamed up with parent company CVS Health, who has been at the forefront of testing and vaccine administration since day one, to develop and implement a COVID-19 vaccine and testing confirmation solution.
bswift Attest collects the sensitive COVID-19 vaccination and test result data from employees using bswift’s nimble toolset and expert delivery. The solution records, reviews, and reports out each employee’s COVID-19 vaccine and/or test result status and is simple and intuitive to use. Plus, in a world where 82% of employers have been increasingly focused on cybersecurity, the bswift Attest solution is secure. As part of the CVS Health family of companies, bswift leverages the data security investment and infrastructure of a Fortune 4 company, giving employers peace of mind that their employees’ vaccine and testing data will be safeguarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Rita Homuth, VP of Compliance and Specialty Services, at bswift, recently connected with bswift clients and channel partners on the new vaccination guidance. “This is a constantly moving and shifting environment right now. We strongly encourage you to work with your compliance teams and legal counsels as you devise your own plans to make sure you understand the nuances of the different mandates and which ones apply to your industry or specific organization,” Homuth advised. “We want to truly help our clients in this evolving environment.”
One specific aspect which employers will need to navigate is reporting. Reporting requirements are expected as part of the recent federal mandate, and individual states each have their own requirements around reporting, adding in additional complexity. With bswift Attest, employers will have the data they need at their fingertips to fulfill the upcoming reporting requirements, simplifying one layer of the process for them.
bswift clients and channel partners can contact their bswift representative to learn more about getting started with bswift Attest. To learn more about the recent vaccination and testing guidance for employers and the new OSHA and CMS vaccination policies released on November 4th, visit whitehouse.gov.
*Source: A study commissioned by Forrester Consulting on behalf of bswift, March 2021
bswift is not responsible or liable for the accuracy, content completeness, or legality of the information entered or uploaded into the bswift Attest solution. bswift is part of the CVS Health family of companies.