Bloomberg Law
Sept. 21, 2021, 4:45 PM

OSHA Exposed to Culture Wars Backlash Through Vaccine Mandate

Ben Penn
Ben Penn

The federal government’s workplace safety arm has proven resilient to controversy during its half-century existence, but President Joe Biden‘s vaccination directive has propelled it into the American culture wars, putting its reputation as a by-the-book agency on the line.

After surviving decades of corporate lobbying and Republican lawmaker efforts to defang it, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration must now confront the toxic political battles surrounding Covid-19 public health mandates.

Its mission to develop an emergency rule to require that businesses with at least 100 workers ensure employees are vaccinated or tested weekly will place OSHA in the middle ...

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