Will OSHA Remove the Testing Opt-Out From Vaccine Mandates?

Will OSHA Remove the Testing Opt-Out From Vaccine Mandates?

(LibertySociety.com) – Deep within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandate requiring businesses with 100 employees or more to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination is also an order to have employees either be vaccinated or subject to weekly testing and wearing a mask daily; this option being if they decided to opt out of inoculating. However, this may turn out to be a temporary fix since the agency may be considering eliminating the testing option entirely.

The requirement to show proof of inoculation would go into effect on Jan. 4, 2022. After that, employers who don’t comply would face fines, and employees who refuse vaccinations would face involuntary job losses.

If the agency decided to strip away the testing option, it could mean serious consequences for businesses and citizens.

More than half the states in the country filed lawsuits to stop the OSHA rules from taking effect. On Nov. 13, a federal court upheld the New Orleans 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision granting a stay of the directive. To facilitate a final decision on the mandate, the court suggested the states consolidate their cases for the Nov. 16 judicial consideration.

If the mandate survives the court’s scrutiny and pushes forward, the Biden Administration may have all the power necessary then to enforce a vaccine mandate without a choice to refuse.

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