In a recent address, Old Uncle Joe put forth aq statement announcing that he has charged the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) with the task of drafting a rule that would mandate that all businesses with more than 100 employees on payroll must force their workers to go and get the COVID-19 vaccine or be forced to have them submit to weekly COVID-19 testing, however, in new reports is can be seen that not only the employers themselves, but OSHA as a whole, just may have some extreme issues with the implementation of the new plan from Biden.
“[B]efore the first legal challenges against the mandate roll in, the Biden administration faces the more immediate conundrum of whether the chronically resource-strapped Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is up to the task of enforcing it,” stated Business Insider this past Tuesday.
“It’s reeling from deep staffing cuts under the Trump administration, and its fines are relatively low and often fought out in long court battles,” a group of experts stated to the outlet.
The cuts from Trump seemingly left just “1,798 total OSHA inspectors, federal and state, coming out to one inspector per 82,881 workers and just $3.97 budgeted per covered worker,” as reported by Business Insider. As reported in another report from Reuters, “OSHA now has an estimated 800 safety and compliance inspectors to cover the more than 100,000 private-sector companies affected by the new rule.”
“OSHA is rather toothless, in a lot of ways, in the fines that it can implement,” noted one such expert. “They’re very low in proportion to the harm that is often caused, but employers will fight these fines and appeal them through every avenue possible, spending two, three, four, ten times as much money on legal proceedings then they would actually just paying the fine.”
“With more than 80 million workers covered, ‘OSHA won’t be able to police every employer,’” a labor attorney stated to Reuters.
Then the legal issues crop up. “OSHA plans to publish an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to enact the new requirements, the White House said Friday,” reported Reuters. “That measure, which is used to accelerate urgent rules, has only been used 10 times in OSHA’s 50-year history. Courts have invalidated or halted four of those rules and partially blocked one, according to the Congressional Research Service.”
If the rule managed to make it through the insane legal challenges, and then the soon following OSHA administrative challenges, the employers, who might have once lauded an effort from the Biden administration to force a vaccination mandate, are now openly cringing away from it due to the costs of the required weekly COVID-19 testing, which is an option that they are required to provide to the workers who do not wish to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It’s millions of dollars a year to any size company,” stated yet another labor attorney in a comment made to Politico. “I’ve seen companies do it before Biden issued his order and it’s incredibly burdensome and time-consuming and may not even guarantee health and safety in the way that mandating vaccines would.”