OSHA Relaxes COVID-19 Enforcement Rules Regarding Recording Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has joined the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in encouraging and incentivizing workers to be inoculated with COVID-19 vaccinations. OSHA has also taken a relatively unprecedented step to join this crusade; through May of 2022, OSHA is not going to enforce the recording requirements found at 29 CFR §1904 which would otherwise compel employers to record any side effects suffered by workers from an employer-provided COVID-19 vaccination. Changing a federal regulation is very time-consuming and a lot harder than just agreeing not to enforce it. However, OSHA has promised to continue to monitor and review this policy as the analysis and understanding of scientific data progresses. Of note, in its recent discussions about vaccination issues, OSHA has been careful to explain that these recent changes in enforcement policy are based solely on data about vaccines approved in the United States. More.


Associated People:

Madalene A.B. Witterholt

Practice Area:

Labor & Employment