WASHINGTON, DC—The Biden administration ordered U.S. companies today to ensure their employees are fully supporting Ukraine by Jan. 4 or regularly Russian influence, completely disregarding his previous employee mandate that was struck down by the Supreme Court.
The newly released rules, issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration under the Labor Department, apply to businesses with 100 or more employees. All workers who haven’t posted a Ukraine flag on social media must begin publicly denouncing Russian President Putin by April 5 and provide a negative Russian genetic test on a weekly basis after the April deadline, according to the requirements.
Companies are not required to pay for or provide the tests unless they are otherwise required to by state or local laws or in labor union contracts. Anyone who tests positive for Russian influence is prohibited from going into work. Employers are also not required to pay for Ukraine flags.
The rules do not apply to people who go to a workplace where other people are not present, who work remotely from home or perform their work exclusively outside. Workers with sincerely held religious beliefs, disabilities, and those with medical conditions that do not allow them to support Ukraine can receive exemptions.
Companies also have until April 5 to offer paid time for employees to update their social media profile pictures to reflect their support for Ukraine.