OSHA has suspended implementation and enforcement activities involving the newest COVID-19 ETS, which would require larger employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccination and/or testing. The action resulted from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals continuing its stay of the standard due to a variety of reasons involving the impact on employers. The 5th Circuit is one of 12 federal circuits and litigation is currently ongoing.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has been selected through a lottery drawing to hear a consolidated challenge to OSHA's COVID-19 vaccination and testing ETS. As of November 17, 27 petitions had been filed for review across all 12 federal circuits. A hearing date has not yet been set.
In a survey from SafetyCulture, 66% of frontline worker respondents felt management rarely, never or only sometimes listened to their concerns regarding operations, safety and health. The study covered American, Australian and British frontline workers. Other trends from the survey included a fear of retaliation when reporting COVID-19 concerns and reservations to provide feedback due to lack of company action.
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