Supreme Court blocks OSHA ETS mandating employee vaccination, masking, testing requirements

Authored by Bukaty Companies on January 13, 2022

The Supreme Court ruled today that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not have the power to implement its emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring large employers (100-plus employees) to ensure their employees are vaccinated or undergo weekly testing and wear masks while working. The first phase of the ETS went into effect January 10, and the weekly testing of unvaccinated employees was set to begin February 9.

Today’s decision ends a month’s-long debate and legal wrangling by businesses and states who argued OSHA’s efforts to implement mandatory vaccination and testing of 84 million Americans was an overreach of its authority.

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