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US 5th Cir. grants a nationwide stay of OSHA’s vaccine-or-test mandate

On November 6, 2021, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a nationwide stay of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)‘s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) vaccine-or-test mandate that was issued on November 5, 2021. The court granted the nationwide stay due to “grave statutory and constitutional issues” with the mandate. The emergency stay was requested by numerous … Continue reading

US OSHA issues COVID vaccine and testing Emergency Temporary Standard

On Friday, November 5, 2021, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published an Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) “to protect unvaccinated employees of large employers (100 or more employees) from the risk of contracting COVID-19 by strongly encouraging vaccination.” The ETS compels covered employers to develop and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy unless … Continue reading

OSHA Updates Its COVID Interim Enforcement Response Plan

Based on an evaluation of current inspection and illness data, federal OSHA has revised its March 21, 2021 National Emphasis Program (NEP), adjusting the targeted industries to those most at risk for COVID-19 exposure.  The revised NEP still includes healthcare and non-healthcare industries, including meat and poultry processing, but eliminates a prior appendix that provided … Continue reading

OSHA Releases Information on its Recent COVID-19 Related Enforcement Activity

On Friday, November 13, the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a news release on its recent enforcement activities for violations that are related to the coronavirus pandemic. More specifically, OSHA stated that it has issued 204 citations arising from inspections for COVID-19 violations and that this has resulted in proposed penalties … Continue reading

COVID-19: OSHA Updates and Reporting Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), part of the U.S. Department of Labor, continues to update guidance for employers regarding protection of employees from exposure to COVID-19.  Despite their best intentions, many employers have struggled to adapt to the constantly changing safety and reporting requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.   OSHA recently updated its COVID-19 … Continue reading
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