WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will hold a briefing today at 3 p.m. ET to discuss what employers need to do to get ready to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 vaccine requirements now that an appeals court has lifted a stay on enforcement. A second briefing will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET.
On Friday, December 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit dissolved the 5th Circuit’s stay of the Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The Department of Labor and OSHA can now resume implementing the requirement for private employers with 100 or more employees.
OSHA said it will not issue citations for noncompliance with any requirements of the ETS before January 10 and will not issue citations for noncompliance with the standard’s testing requirements before February 9, so long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with the standard.
The Department of Labor will provide two briefings this week with senior officials to discuss the recent developments and updated guidance related to the rule.
Attendees are encouraged to review guidance and information from OSHA ahead of the briefing and submit questions using the RSVP links below.
ETS briefing schedule:
Tuesday, Dec. 21, from 3-3:45 p.m. ET
RSVP here or the full link: https://usdolevents.webex.com/usdolevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1b32a9f39909ed83ee28fba17b0c9082
Wednesday, Dec.22, from 2-2:45 p.m. ET
RSVP here or the full link: https://usdolevents.webex.com/usdolevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee4035ad7068620a08275e4f23935af30
More information on the ETS can be found at these links:
A prerecorded OSHA webinar on the content of the ETS is available here