The Labor Department said the White House’s Office of Management and Budget has completed its regulatory review of the rule known as the Temporary Emergency Standard (ETS). The White House said in September that the rule would cover more than 80 million private sector employees.
It is not yet known when the administration will demand compliance with the new rules. Many industries have called for mandates to be postponed until after the holiday season.
The ETS process was last used in June to institute health care workplace rules to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Prior to that, the last Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ETS was 38 years ago, and the government has had a mixed record of success using the fast-track process.
ETS has only been used 10 times in OSHA’s 50-year history. The courts have struck down or suspended four of those rules and partially blocked one, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Separately, the White House issued new guidelines that it gave them new “flexibility” to meet the Dec. 8 deadline for employee vaccination.
White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said he did not expect any disruption to the U.S. economy or vacation travel because of the warrant.
“We are creating flexibility within the system. There is no cliff here,” Zients said last week.
The mandate covers millions of employees of federal contractors and companies, including Boeing, American Airlines, Union Pacific and IBM, said they will comply with the contractor’s mandate.
The new directive says contractors “should determine the appropriate means of enforcement” for employees refusing vaccination who do not have a pending accommodation request, such as a religious or medical exemption.
The White House said contractors can follow the federal model for reaching out to unvaccinated employees that “encourages compliance, including through a limited period of counseling and education, followed by additional disciplinary action if necessary. takes place only after a continuous nonconformity “.
Businesses can also use “its usual processes for enforcing workplace policies,” he said.
The White House has said separately that federal employees “should not be placed on administrative leave while the agency pursues adverse action for refusal to be vaccinated.”
Employees of federal contractors who fail to comply must follow workplace safety protocols for unvaccinated individuals. Federal agencies can deny entry of unvaccinated contractors to federal workplaces.