Bloomberg Law
June 11, 2020, 4:46 PM

D.C. Cir. Rejects AFL-CIO Request for Emergency Virus Standard

Fatima Hussein
Fatima Hussein
Legal Reporter
Robert Iafolla
Robert Iafolla

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected the AFL-CIO’s request for the court to compel OSHA to issue an emergency temporary standard to protect workers from the novel coronavirus.

The federation of labor unions was seeking the standard so all U.S. workplaces subject to Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules would be required to develop workplace safety plans to safeguard workers against the risk of airborne disease transmission.

OSHA during the pandemic has resisted calls from organized labor and Democratic lawmakers to issue emergency temporary standards for infectious diseases. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia has ...

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