Bloomberg Law
Aug. 26, 2022, 3:14 PMUpdated: Aug. 26, 2022, 7:12 PM

Union Push for Fast OSHA Covid Rule Defeated in D.C. Circuit (1)

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen

A group of unions lost its bid to force the federal government to quickly enact a permanent rule aimed at protecting health-care workers from Covid-19 infections, after the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that it lacked the ability to do so.

The court doesn’t have the jurisdiction to set OSHA enforcement polices or dictate a timeline for enacting them, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday.

The decision allows the Occupational Health and Safety Administration to issue a permanent Covid-19 health-care industry standard at its own pace. Agency leaders have ...