New Private Sector Vaccine Mandates Legal Under OSHA: White House

The White House claims its new vaccine mandate for private-sector workers is legal under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. A new rule is expected in the coming weeks from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to require all workers at private businesses with 100 employees or more 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. “The [OSHA] law basically requires the Department of Labor to take action when it finds grave risk to workers,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at Friday’s press briefing. “And, certainly, a pandemic that killed more than 600,000 people qualifies as a grave risk to workers.” Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is set to oversee the creation of an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement …Read More

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