Quantcast

Comment Period on Biden’s Workplace Vaccine Rule Extended 45 Days

workplace
People arrive at the City Hall in protest of Covid-19 vaccine mandate in New York City, New York, U.S., October 25, 2021. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

The Biden administration on Tuesday extended the comment period on its sweeping workplace Covid-19 vaccine rule by 45 days as it seeks feedback from various stakeholders including private employers on whether a recently issued emergency temporary standard should become a permanent rule.

The emergency rule was issued by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Nov. 5. The deadline for comments, initially set for Dec. 6, has now been pushed back to Jan. 19.

The OSHA rule, covering tens of millions of workers, requires that businesses with at least 100 employees see that their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly and comply by Jan. 4.

2021 11 30T193356Z 1 LYNXMPEHAT15G RTROPTP 4 HEALTH CORONAVIRUS USA MANDATE
U.S. President Joe Biden gestures as he delivers remarks on the importance of COVID-19 vaccine requirements, during a visit at a Clayco construction site, in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, U.S. October 7, 2021. (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

The emergency rule was challenged by Republican-led states, businesses and trade groups, and it was quickly blocked by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which called it “staggeringly overbroad” and a “one-size-fits-all sledgehammer.”

After the stay was imposed, lawsuits from across the country were transferred to the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati.

On Nov. 23, the Biden administration asked a federal appeals court to lift a court-ordered stay. The White House also asked for the rule to be reinstated immediately, but the court set a briefing schedule that runs through Dec. 10.

(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Leslie Adler)

For more coronavirus coverage, visit longislandpress.com/coronavirus.

Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.

More from our Sister Sites