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SHRM regulatory update: supreme court issues decision on vaccination mandate legal challenges
On Thursday, January 13th the United States Supreme Court issued a stay on the Occupational Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Standard (ETS) pending the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s review of the issue.
Below are the Top Five Takeaways from SHRM External Affairs on the Supreme Court’s OSHA ETS opinion:
- The OSHA ETS extends beyond the authority that OSHA possesses to regulate occupational health and safety. COVID 19 represents a universal risk and OSHA is not permitted to regulate the hazards of everyday life.
- The OSHA ETS does not take into consideration differences in workplaces and levels of exposure.
- Targeted COVID-19 regulations are permissible where the virus poses a special danger because of the particular features of an employee’s job or workplace.
- OSHA mandating vaccinations is unlike any previous workplace regulation as it cannot be undone at the end of the workday.
- The OSHA ETS represents a significant encroachment into the lives—and health—of a vast number of employees and is outside of the scope of what OSHA was designed to do.
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