OSHA halts enforcement of Biden’s vaccine mandate for large businesses
OSHA suspends its enforcement of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on large private businesses.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is making the move to abide by a court order.
In a statement shared to OSHA’s website, the agency said, “The court ordered that OSHA ‘take no steps to implement or enforce’ the [Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)] ‘until further court order.’”
The agency said it “remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies.”
OSHA had originally given employers with more than 100 employees a Jan. 4 deadline to comply with Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and threatened thousands of dollars in fines for defiant businesses.
Statement from OSHA website:
“On November 12, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to stay OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, published on November 5, 2021 (86 Fed. Reg. 61402) (“ETS”). The court ordered that OSHA “take no steps to implement or enforce” the ETS “until further court order.” While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigation.”
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