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Extended Stay Issued for OSHA’s ETS

Extended Stay Issued for OSHA’s ETS

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Vaccine and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) was extended by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The judicial stay will remain in effect until the legality of the ETS is decided in the judicial system.

Both OSHA and the parties challenging the ETS submitted responses to this legal challenge in court. After an initial review, the Court found the petitioners’ challenges merit a stay until the validity of OSHA’s ETS is determined.

The Court found:

  • A strong showing the petitioners are likely to succeed on the merits of their petition;
  • Petitioners would be irreparably injured if a stay pending review is not granted;
  • There is no substantial injury to OSHA by issuing the stay;
  • Issuing the stay is in the best interest of the public.

Challenges to the OSHA ETS have also been filed in other federal courts. All challenges to the ETS are due by November 16, 2021. After this date, one court will be chosen to determine if the ETS will survive or be vacated.

Affected employees should continue their efforts to comply with the ETS and monitor any legal developments. Until a court rules the ETS invalid, affected employers remain subject to its requirements.

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Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization, or providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”