Thursday, October 21, 2021

No deadline weeks after announcement of implementation of OSHA vaccine law: White House

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday that it was unclear when a new Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) rule would go into effect, covering more than 80 million private sector workers with COVID-19. -19 vaccine will be required.

President Joe Biden’s executive order announced on September 9 requires all employees of private businesses to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or to show weekly negative tests. It would also require employers with more than 100 employees to provide paid time off to workers to vaccinate or recover if they suffer an adverse reaction after vaccination.

Fines for companies that do not comply with the law could total up to $13,600, and Biden’s budget reconciliation package is being considered in Congress, which includes a measure to increase OSHA vines tenfold.

Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is overseeing the creation of an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to enforce the new vaccine requirement. Following Biden’s announcement, officials have said ETS is expected to go into effect in the coming weeks.

Psaki reiterated Wednesday, nearly four weeks after the initial announcement that no definite timeline has been set by the White House.

“We never gave an exact timeline,” she said. “So—maybe we should have been more specific at the time. Obviously, it takes some time and we want to make sure that when we lay these out they are clear and that they provide the necessary guidance for businesses. Huh. “

She continued, “I can’t give you a timeline. OSHA is working on them. Hopefully we’ll learn more in the coming weeks.”

The OSHA Law on ETS states: “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 if worker toxic are at serious risk due to exposure to substances or agents that are toxic or physically harmful, or to new hazards and require an emergency standard for their safety.”

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While the Biden administration maintains that the mandate is legal under the OSHA law, several Republican lawmakers and attorneys general have voiced opposition to the executive order, with many vowing to fight it in court.

“COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective tools to prevent disease, but getting the vaccine should be an option,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement after Biden’s announcement. “These mandates are outrageous. They will never stand in court. We have to push back and move forward.”

Many private businesses and state governments have enacted their own vaccine mandates ahead of federal law, and some large companies have fired hundreds of workers who refuse to get the shot.

United Airlines says it is ready to terminate 593 of its employees who have opted not to comply with the company’s vaccine mandate. About 200 Minnesota healthcare workers sued their employers for blocking mandates at their facilities. And thousands of New York health care workers have been placed on unpaid leave after the September 27 deadline to vaccinate health care workers in that state.

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Nick Ciolino covers the White House.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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