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

Stock MarketsSep 21, 2021 01:51PM ET
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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 an emergency temporary standard 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 White House has said those rules will apply to more than 80 million private sector employees.

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."

The retail groups, which represent companies including Walmart (NYSE:WMT), CVS Best Buy, Target (NYSE:TGT), Kroger (NYSE:KR) and Home Depot (NYSE:HD), asked how the administration will ensure adequate COVID-19 testing capacity to satisfy the "significant increase in demand."

The groups said "there could be as many as 4 million retail workers who may need to be tested on a weekly basis." They also asked other detailed questions like "what remedial actions can be taken in situations in which employees refuse vaccinations and testing?"

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told travel executives last week that the OSHA order is expected in "a matter of weeks. ... We have been told in October."

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

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Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Sep 21, 2021 2:55PM ET
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In Israel over 70% of all population is double jabbed yet they are seeing rise in Delta Covid cases. Will the governments require endless boosters or stop this anti science campaign?
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Or refuse his unconstitutional mandates?
 
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