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Oregon OSHA Pauses Federal Vaccine/Testing Rule Implementation

Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OR-OSHA) has halted any action to enforce the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) issued recently by the U.S. Department of Labor, requiring large employers to ensure their workforce is either vaccinated against COVID or regularly tested. Legal challenges to the requirement were filed in multiple federal courts, which resulted in a stay being granted.  OR-OSHA has posted the following to their website: 

​​On Nov. 12, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to stay federal OSHA's COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, published on Nov. 5, 2021 (ETS2). The court ordered that federal OSHA "take no steps to implement or enforce" the ETS "until further court order."

Oregon OSHA is continuing discussions with stakeholders, and at this point, we do not anticipate adopting a rule by Dec. 4, 2021. If the stay remains in place, our timelines will be adjusted accordingly. We will continue to monitor the lawsuit and evaluate our options.

Please check the weekly LOC Bulletin each Friday, as well as the League’s social media channels, for updates as this situation develops.

Contact: Scott Winkels, Lobbyist - swinkels@orcities.org

Last Updated 11/19/21

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