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The rule, issued by OSHA, requires all employers with more than 100 employees to mandate that their workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to require weekly testing and masking of unvaccinated employees.
The Natural Products Association (NPA; Washington, D.C.) has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to uphold a stay of the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing rule. The rule, issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requires all employers with more than 100 employees to mandate that their workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to require weekly testing and masking of unvaccinated employees. NPA recently petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals to declare the mandate unlawful.
NPA’s main concern is the economic burden the mandate may have on businesses, particularly in maintaining a workforce in during the holiday season. “Our members are looking at a mass exodus of employees right around the holiday season if the stay is lifted,” said Daniel Fabricant, PhD, president and CEO of NPA, in a press release. “Since filing our initial petition, we have heard only more concerns from our members about how this rule will impact their bottom lines and ability to effectively meet demand for natural products that millions of Americans rely on.”