President Biden’s COVID-19 plan and what that could mean for U.S. Xpress

by Miranda Brooks 10. September 2021 15:26

On September 9th, President Biden presented a plan to combat the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, the plan indicates that private employers of more than 100 employees will need to either require that their employees be vaccinated or require a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis. You can read more about the plan in these Associated Press and Reuters articles.

Our legal team is closely following proposed mandates for private employers, which will involve several Federal departments. If the President’s plan should go into effect as proposed, it will take some time to implement. We’ll provide further guidance to everyone as we learn more.

In the meantime, our vaccine stance remains unchanged: being vaccinated for COVID-19 is not required as a condition of employment, but if you’re eligible, we encourage you to get it. Regardless of your vaccine status, please continue to protect yourself and others by wearing a mask inside our offices, terminals, and Dedicated facilities to protect the health and safety of yourself and others.

Please see this short Q&A video for additional information:https://vimeo.com/602029379/20a0e14765 

 

If you have any questions, please contact your team lead or HR Business Partner.

 

Quick Facts

 

Does U.S. Xpress require the COVID-19 vaccine or negative tests for employees?

No. U.S. Xpress will not require COVID-19 vaccinations unless we’re mandated by a governing body to change our position.

 

How likely do we think it is that the President’s plan will go into effect?

Our legal team is closely monitoring the proposed plan, which will involve input from several federal agencies. It will likely take some time before it is ever implemented.

 

What is U.S. Xpress’ position on the COVID vaccines?

On guidance from healthcare experts, we strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. But we are not in favor of mandated vaccines.

 

Is there anything I need to do now?

 

No. We’ll keep you informed of legal developments in the days and weeks ahead. For now, please continue to mask up when in our offices, terminals, and Dedicated facilities for the health and safety of our customers and colleagues.

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