Federal Court Temporarily Halts OSHA ETS—EO 14042’s New January 4, 2022 Vaccine Deadline Remains

Less than three days after the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) released its November 4, 2021 emergency temporary standards on COVID-19 vaccines and testing (the “ETS”), on November 6, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily stayed the ETS, citing the “grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate.”  As previously reported, the OSHA ETS mandates that by January 4, 2022, all employers with 100 or more employees have its employees be vaccinated or subject to COVID-19 testing and masking requirements by January 4, 2022.  The ETS also contains a host of other compliance obligations that employers would need to put in place by December 5, 2021, if the ETS survives legal challenge.

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Morrison & Foerster associate Samuel Ison contributed to the writing of this post.