Statement from the Secretary of Labor on Supreme Court Ruling on Vaccination/Testing Emergency Temporary Standard

Posted 1/18/2022

As you are likely aware, last week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the stay on implementation of OSHA’s emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 vaccination and testing. We also want to ensure that you are aware that in response, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued a statement expressing his disappointment in this decision.

OSHA will be evaluating all options to ensure workers are protected from COVID-19, and regardless of the ultimate outcome of these proceedings, will do everything in its existing authority to hold businesses accountable for protecting workers on the job, including under the COVID-19 National Emphasis Program and General Duty Clause.  OSHA also has comprehensive COVID-19 guidance to help employers meet their obligations.

Please share this information with your members and stakeholders, as appropriate. We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

Doug Kalinowski
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs