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US Labor Department, OSHA Explain New Employee Vax Rules

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(Missourinet) The Biden administration continues to urge private businesses to follow new rules for COVID-19 vaccines even though a federal court temporarily halted the order.
Jim Frederick – Deputy assistant Labor Secretary– says the agency expects that most businesses WILL comply. And if not…

Frederick and OSHA leaders spoke to the press as the rule went into phase one on November 4.

The top lawyer for the Labor Department, Seema Nanda explained the timeline:

Then, after 60 days, on January 4th- employers must begin either checking for vaccinations confirm negative tests. Unvaccinated workers must wear a mask.

Reporters asked Deputy Assistant Labor Director Jim Frederick – why the agency chose the threshold of 100 or more employees for the rule:

Frederick says there is nothing in the federal rules to stop businesses from firing workers who do not comply. But there are rules for helping workers get vaccinated.

OSHA will enforce the rules that the President handed down… either through inspectors following up on employee complaints or regular spot-check inspections.

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