(Reuters) – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Saturday that they could start issuing quotes to companies as early as January 10 for failure to comply with a nationwide mandate that their employees either vaccinate or test regularly for covid-19, as a U.S. Supreme Court
The announcement came a day after a U.S. appellate court reinstated the Biden administration's policy. Another court in November had blocked the OSHA rule, and the legal battle is expected to continue to the Supreme Court.
On Saturday, OSHA said it would not cite companies for any form of non-compliance before January 10 "to provide employers enough time to comply. " OSHA also said that quotes about covid-1
The OSHA rule applies to companies with at least 100 employees and covers 80 million American workers.
The rule has triggered a significant backlash, in particular Republicans hope to make popular frustration over covid-19 security measures a central theme of political campaigns ahead of the November 2022 congressional election, when Republicans hope to take control of Congress.
President Joe Biden has argued that the vaccine mandate is
Mr Biden will announce new steps to combat the pandemic on Tuesday, a White House spokesman said.
The debate coincides with Public health officials are preparing for a "tidal wave" of coronavirus infections in the United States as the more transmissible omicron variant spreads rapidly around the world.