Federal Court Reinstates OSHA Vaccination Mandate for Private Employers With 100 or More Employees

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) vaccine-or-testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) is back on again. 

On Friday, December 17th, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the stay of OSHA’s emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring private sector employers with at least 100 employees to ensure workers are either vaccinated or tested weekly and wear masks. With the stay lifted, employers must comply with the requirements outlined in the ETS.

Click here to download R&R Insurance’s summary of reinstatement with important dates for employers.

In response, OSHA stated that it “will not issue citations for noncompliance with any requirements of the ETS before January 10 and will not issue citations for noncompliance with the standard’s testing requirements before February 9, so long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with the standard. OSHA will work closely with the regulated community to provide compliance assistance.” 

KEY TAKEAWAY ON THIS CHANGE: Affected employers now have until January 10th, 2022 to comply with the requirements that were initially slated to begin on December 6th, 2021. Also, weekly testing requirements for unvaccinated employees with an original deadline of January 4th, 2022 is now delayed until February 9th, 2022.

ETS opponents have already filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the Sixth Circuit’s decision. R&R will continue to monitor developments and provide you with updates and resources that pertain to these compliance requirements as they occur. For more information and resources, click here to navigate to our dedicated OSHA Vaccine Mandate Compliance webpage.

Click here to view the full Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion to dissolve the stay order as well the dissenting opinion.

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