By: Christine M. Walker
Fowler White Shareholder Christine M. Walker's article "Vaccine Mandates and Testing Requirements in Maritime Employment: All Aboard or Time to Jump Ship?" has been published in the November 1, 2021 edition of the Bitter End Bulletin.
Christine currently serves as Co-Editor of the Bitter End Bulletin which is published by the Committee on Marine Torts and Casualties of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.
On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a proposed rule for any business employing over one hundred people to mandate vaccination or weekly testing. On October 12, 2021, OSHA submitted the rule to the Office of Management and Budget as the next step in the required review process prior to publication in the Federal Register. Like nearly every other business, COVID-19 created a new issue for marine operators: how to keep the workplace safe while respecting the medical rights and freedoms of employees. However, some unique aspects of the maritime industry also create unique legal questions.
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