The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is ceasing emergency enforcement of its COVID-19 mandate for large employers, but noted it’s not withdrawing it as a proposed rule.
The withdrawal, which takes effect Jan. 26, follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision on Jan. 13 to stop enforcement of the rule while appeals are pending at lower courts. The court also ruled that day that the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for healthcare workers could continue during appeals.
OSHA wrote in a filing Tuesday that while it’s withdrawing the emergency temporary standard as an enforceable standard, the standard is still a proposed rule. OSHA said it is prioritizing its resources to focus on finalizing a permanent COVID-19 healthcare standard.
OSHA had filed the emergency temporary standard on Nov. 5, 2021. It seeks to require employers to develop, implement and enforce