Manage Employee COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination
Our Document Management tool in Paychex Flex®, which enables employers to provide role-based access, helps users manage documents efficiently and effectively, and restrict access and maintain confidentiality of information, including COVID-19 testing and vaccination status documentation.
The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay of the OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) while allowing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Healthcare Workers Vaccine Mandate to proceed might impact the compliance requirements for your business. You also might be considering changes to your workplace safety policies.
Discover the Benefits of Our Document Management Tool
- Storage of company-level documents, such as policies and handbooks. Plus, take advantage of Intranet-type functionality
- Distribution of documents for e-signature or acknowledgement
- Storage of employee level-documentation such as certifications
- Signage of documentation related to pay such as direct deposit authorization and W4s
- The ability to request that an employee upload a document
- The ability to report on documents expiring
What Your Business Should Know About Vaccination Requirements
The OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS would have affected businesses with 100 or more employees. As a result of the stay, covered businesses will not have to comply with the ETS. The CMS Healthcare Workers Mandate impacts any facility that participates in Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Under the CMS Mandate, employers are required to:
- Have all eligible staff receive first dose of a multi-dose vaccine by Jan. 27, 2022
- Have all eligible staff fully vaccinated by Feb. 28, 2022
- For the 24 states where the mandate was stayed in court (AL, AK, AZ, AR, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, ND, OH, OK, SC, SD, UT, WV, WY), the Phase 1 deadline is Feb. 14, 2022 and Phase 2 is March 15, 2022.
- Texas was excluded under a separate injunction but the superior court dismissed the case. The Phase 1 deadline is Feb. 22, 2022 and the Phase 2 deadline (covered staff fully vaccinated) is March 21, 2022.
- Provide accommodation when there is an exemption under federal law
- Note: There is no testing opt-out available to covered employees
Other COVID-19-related issues for businesses to consider:
- Your state could implement (or has) a vaccine or testing regulation (e.g., California)
- Local jurisdictions could issue or might have implemented mask mandates
- Federal OSHA, as of Jan. 26, 2022, withdrew its vaccination and testing ETS and plans no further litigation/appeal.
- OSHA keeps open the possibility of proposing a regular rule about testing and/or vaccination as part of a permanent COVID-19 Healthcare Standard.
- Update: OSHA releases an enforcement memorandum with details about highly focused inspections from March 9 to June 9, 2022 that target NAICS codes at hospitals and skilled nursing facilities that treat COVID-19 patients. Businesses should have materials (e.g., logs, written safety plans, etc.) available at inspection.
Employee Vaccination Status Tracking
Expanded functionality in our Document Management tool is available to help Paychex HR Solution, PEO and Paychex Flex® Enterprise customers who choose to track employee COVID-19 vaccination status and testing document uploads. This add-on helps employers restrict access and maintain the confidentiality of documents used to manage employee COVID-19 vaccination status.
Vaccination Status Tracking Help
Paychex offers a second solution for a fee that includes collection and management of COVID-19 vaccination status and testing documentation through third-party vendor, HireRight.
COVID-19 testing kits also are available with rapid tests that can be self-administered on-site while being monitored by a company representative, with results available in 15 to 30 minutes. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org and view this video.
Tracking COVID-19 Vaccination Status and Testing Results
With our Document Management features in Paychex Flex®, businesses can drive efficiency by leveraging self-service and mobile capabilities.
Request employees upload documentation to confirm their vaccination status with a click of a button.
Employees can upload electronic copies of documents including their vaccination card or their COVID-19 test results.
Provide an electronic daily health attestation form to employees.
Live Reports in Paychex Flex® allows administrators to track employee documentation uploads.
COVID-19 Vaccination Resources
Gain insights and more details from the articles, webinars and podcasts in our Knowledge Center.
Return to the Workplace
This article based on a survey highlights how employees feel about vaccination mandates and return to the workplace.
Vaccination and the Workplace
This webinar recording addresses legal considerations for mandatory vaccination policies, incentivizing employees, tracking and more.