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COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing mandate withdrawn for large businesses

US withdraws workplace vaccine-or-testing rule. Withdrawal of mandate effective from January 26th.

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The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it is withdrawing its temporary vaccination-or-testing mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees.

OSHA had issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) in November 2021, requiring large businesses to mandate either COVID-19 vaccinations or regular testing for their employees.

The withdrawal of the ETS will come into effect from January 26th, 2022. OSHA added that it was “prioritizing its resources” to draft and finalize a permanent COVID-19 Healthcare Standard.

The agency noted, “Although OSHA is withdrawing the vaccination and testing ETS as an enforceable emergency temporary standard, the agency is not withdrawing the ETS as a proposed rule.”

The US Supreme Court had blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-testing mandate for larger private employers in a 6-3 ruling earlier this month.

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