NFIB Statement On OSHA’s New Emergency Temporary Standard

Date: November 04, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 4, 2021) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, released the following statement in response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new temporary standard requiring COVID-19 vaccines or testing in all businesses with 100 or more employees by January 4, 2022.

“Small business owners continue to face numerous challenges to operate, stay open, and pay their employees, and today’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Temporary Standard makes that even more difficult and troublesome,” said Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center. “NFIB remains opposed to this rule that restricts the freedom of small business owners to decide how best to operate their own businesses and imposes unwarranted burdens on small businesses that further threaten the small business recovery.”

In September, NFIB sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh regarding President Biden’s plan to require that all companies with 100 or more employees get their employees vaccinated, tested, or fired.

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