Bloomberg Law
May 14, 2021, 4:54 PMUpdated: May 14, 2021, 8:09 PM

Employers Face Compliance Questions Over CDC Mask Guidance (3)

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen

Employers are caught between outdated workplace safety guidance and new CDC recommendations that vaccinated workers can drop masks in most situations, leaving workplaces to navigate the conflicting federal guidelines.

The guidance the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Thursday wasn’t rolled out along with new advice from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which hasn’t substantially changed its masking recommendations in almost four months. The CDC, in effect, left it up to employers to differentiate between vaccinated and unvaccinated workers without running afoul of federal employment laws, attorneys told Bloomberg Law.

The CDC guidance said fully vaccinated people can ...

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