U.S. retail industry seeks 90-day lead time on COVID-19 rules

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated

  
Shoppers are seen wearing masks as they are checked before shopping at a Walmart store in Bradford, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 20, 2020.

Shoppers are seen wearing masks as they are checked before shopping at a Walmart store in Bradford, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 20, 2020.

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WASHINGTON- Two major U.S. retail industry groups on Tuesday asked the Biden administration for at least 90 days before imposing new rules that will require employees at larger firms to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular testing.

On Sept. 9, the White House said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated, or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative COVID-19 test once a week.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association and the National Retail Federation strongly encouraged OSHA "to provide a 90-day implementation timeline to allow retailers and other employers to create the systems necessary."

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Andrea Ricci) ((David.Shepardson@thomsonreuters.com; 2028988324;))


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