OSHA has issued an ETS that forces employers to impose vaccination and testing mandates on their employees by January 4. It also includes recordkeeping, paid time off, and masking requirements. While the standard currently only applies to employers with 100 or more employees, OSHA is considering expanding the requirement to smaller employers. Congress can eliminate this ETS with SJRes 29 and HJRes 65, formal challenges to the standard that would nullify it and prevent OSHA from issuing a substantially similar standard in the future.
At the same time, Congress is considering drastically increasing penalties under federal workplace safety law through their reconciliation bill. Under the bill fines would increase ten times their current rates, up to $700,000 for each violation. Such devastating penalties could pose challenges for even the strongest and largest employers in the country, let alone the small businesses that are the backbone of our economy.
Right now, our nation is facing a looming economic storm – from rising inflation to supply chain backlogs to millions of unfilled job openings. If OSHA moves forward with the ETS as scheduled and Congress enacts dramatic increases to penalties, economic challenges are all but guaranteed.
Urge Congress to Support the Joint Resolutions to Stop the ETS and Oppose the Tenfold Penalty Increases in the Reconciliation Bill!