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ABC Meets With OMB, Voices Concerns About OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard

October 20, 2021

On Oct. 20, ABC met with the Office of Management and Budget to express its concerns about the forthcoming U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which will apply to employers with 100 or more employees as required by President Biden’s Path Out of the Pandemic COVID-19 Action Plan. Currently, the OSHA ETS is at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB for final review before it is officially published in the federal register. At this time, neither OMB nor DOL have made the contents of the ETS public.

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