President Biden Focuses on Strengthening COVID-19 Workplace Compliance

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issues and proposed actions took center stage in the first week of the Biden Administration. The President called for greater enforcement by OSHA of more stringent worker safety standards. Central to this call is greater protection for workers regarding COVID-19 workplace exposures. To accomplish this, in part, OSHA would have to issue an emergency temporary standard. By issuing such an emergency temporary standard, OSHA can bypass the administrative rulemaking procedures, which often take years to complete. To justify such an emergency temporary rule, OSHA would have to prove that “employees are exposed to grave danger.” However, such a temporary rule can only stay in effect for six months.  It will also likely face court challenges. Click here to continue reading.

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