OSHA Withdraws Mandate After SCOTUS Ruling

By Staff Writer February 01, 2022 680


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration withdrew the vaccination and testing temporary standard issued on Nov. 5, 2021, to protect unvaccinated employees of large employers with 100 or more employees from workplace exposure to coronavirus. OSHA’s move was effective Jan. 26. This follows the U.S Supreme Court ruling on Jan. 13, blocking the mandate for non-healthcare workers.

The OSHA ruling would have required more than 84 million workers to get vaccinated for COVID-19, or pay for weekly testing, by Feb. 9.

Although OSHA is withdrawing the vaccination and testing ETS as an enforceable emergency temporary standard, the agency is not withdrawing the ETS as a proposed rule. The agency is prioritizing its resources to focus on finalizing a permanent COVID-19 Healthcare Standard.

OSHA strongly encourages vaccination of workers against the continuing dangers posed by COVID-19 in the workplace.

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Last modified on Monday, 07 February 2022 13:59