Biden’s right to mandate vaccines under law protects workers from ‘serious dangers’

Biden’s right to mandate vaccines under law protects workers from ‘serious dangers’

In the case of the COVID-19 vaccine, the administration would argue that the death and illness caused by the delta version of the coronavirus pose a “grave threat” to workers across the country, and that the vaccine is a highly effective method of prevention. Serious illness, hospitalization and death.

Those arguments will be included as part of a preamble to regulatory language that OSHA and Labor Department officials are drafting, according to a White House official, who called for a discussion on the rules still under development. Spoke on condition of anonymity.

Once the rules are in place, OSHA will enforce them using the common tools provided to the agency: They’ll collect reports of violations and send inspectors to businesses. And for businesses that refuse to enforce the rules, the agency can impose a $13,600 fine for minor violations and $136,000 for major ones.

Katherine Bacich, a senior vice president at Sehgal, an employee benefits consulting company, said that “this is the first vaccine mandate to be implemented for private employers.” But she said that many employers were already “moving too fast towards compulsory vaccination policies.”

Wendy K., a professor emeritus of health law, ethics and human rights at the Boston University School of Public Health. Mariner said the administration’s logic made legal sense.

“Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act it is the duty of the employer to maintain a safe workplace,” she said. Given the contagiousness of the virus, she said it is “sensible enough to require vaccination (or testing/masking for people with contraindications to the vaccine and housing for people with disabilities under the ADA) to protect all employees, as well as customers. Is, the customer and the patient.”

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In his remarks on Thursday, Mr Biden said many of his proposals would take weeks, if not longer, to take effect in full – a delay that has real-life consequences as the delta version of the virus cripples hospitals with critically ill patients. fills up. who refused vaccination. The president did not explain why he waited until early September to take steps that many health care experts were calling for in July.

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