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OSHA pulls temporary vaccine rule, says permanent mandate is in the works

January 26, 2022

The withdrawal follows a Jan. 13 stay from the U.S. Supreme Court. Lawsuits questioned whether federal workplace safety law gives OSHA the power to enact such an emergency standard; finding that the challenges were likely to succeed on its merits, the court temporarily blocked the ETS just as it was taking effect.

Immediately following the high court’s opinion, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh said in a tweet that OSHA “stands by the Vaccination and Testing ETS as the best way to protect the nation’s workforce from this deadly virus: COVID-19.”

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