OSHA suspends vaccine, testing ETS enforcement ‘pending future developments’

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety Health Administration, OSHA, announced Wednesday that it has suspended activities related to the implementation of its emergency temporary standard, or ETS, regarding the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for employers with 100 or more employees, which went into effect Nov. 5.

On Nov. 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to stay OSHA’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing ETS, and 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,” the agency’s website states.

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