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OSHA Vaccine Mandate Penalties to Begin January 10th

OSHA Vaccine Mandate Penalties to Begin January 10th

 

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) said Saturday that it would not issue citations tied to its coronavirus vaccination mandate before January 10th so that companies have time to adjust to and implement the requirements. The federal agency separately said there would be no citations of companies regarding its testing requirements before February 9th.

The announcement came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District in Cincinnati decided on Friday that the mandate, which was previously set for January 4th for large employers, could go forward. The court reversed a previous decision made after 27 Republican-led states, conservative groups, business associations, and some individual companies challenged the mandate.

BROOKLYN BRIDGE AND CITY HALL PA, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2021/10/25: Municipal workers of the city march across Brooklyn bridge and rally at City Hall Park against vaccination mandate (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Biden administration’s vaccine requirement applies to companies with 100 or more employees and covers about 84 million U.S. workers. Employees who are not fully vaccinated have to wear face masks and be subject to weekly COVID-19 tests. There are exceptions, including for those who work outdoors or only at home.

OSHA said in a statement that it would not issue citations before the listed dates “so long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with the standard.”

Administration officials estimate that the mandate will save 6,500 lives and prevent 250,000 hospitalizations over six months.

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