The White House claims that its new vaccine mandate for private sector workers is legal under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to introduce a new rule in the coming weeks that requires all workers in private businesses with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The rule comes as part of an executive order announced Thursday by President Joe Biden and will affect more than 80 million workers in the private sector.
“NS [OSHA] The law basically requires the Labor Department to take action when it finds a serious risk to workers, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at Friday’s press briefing. “And, of course, a pandemic that killed more than 600,000 people qualifies as a serious risk to workers.”
Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is set to oversee the creation of an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement the new requirement. The rule would require any employee who remains unaffiliated to give a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work. It would also require employers with more than 100 employees to provide paid time off for workers to be vaccinated or recover if they suffer an adverse reaction after vaccination.
Fines for companies that do not comply with the law can total up to $13,600, and Saki says businesses with employees who choose to receive the vaccine will have to cover the cost of weekly tests.
The ETS will also apply to public sector state and local government employees, including teachers and school employees, in 26 states and two territories in line with the state OSHA scheme.
The OSHA law reads: “Subject to certain limited conditions, OSHA is authorized to establish emergency temporary standards that are effective immediately and are in effect until replaced by a permanent standard. OSHA must determine whether workers are exposed to toxic substances or are at serious risk due to exposure to agents that are determined to be toxic or physically harmful or new hazards and require an emergency standard for their protection.”
At least 19 Republican governors and two attorneys general issued statements disagreeing with the administration’s move to mandate the vaccine, with many announcing plans to defer or take legal action against it.
“COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective tools for preventing disease, but getting a vaccine is and should be an option,” Arizona Gov. “These mandates are outrageous. They will never stand in court. We have to push back and move forward.”
The executive order includes exemptions for religious and medical reasons. Saki says OSHA will determine the specifics about those exemptions as part of its process to develop the new standard.
Asked how the mandate would be implemented, Jeff Ziants, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, said, “The president has been clear that he will not hesitate to take the kind of strong action he is. [Thursday] To protect workers and the American people and accelerate our way out of this pandemic.”
The current standard for employees to be fully vaccinated is that they have received both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single shot of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times