COVID-19

Michigan schools, cities, state could be affected by vaccine rule

Planned rules would force private companies to require vaccines or weekly testing. Those rules could apply to schools and other government entities as well.

Businesses with more than 100 employees are already moving to implement vaccine and COVID-19 testing requirements. That’s after President Joe Biden last week announced new workplace rules meant to stem the spread of the Delta variant.

But schools and other governments in Michigan are left wondering if the new rules will apply to them too.

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The new workplace rules would require employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to weekly testing. It would be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In Michigan, OSHA rules apply to governmental entities as well as private ones.

The new rules haven’t actually been written yet, so we don’t have any details. But according to Bridge Michigan, the rules could be made to apply to any workplace with more than 100 employees that is overseen by OSHA. If that were the case, that would include most school districts, county and city governments, and even the state itself.

We don’t know how soon the new rules could be published. Once that happens, states will have a window of time in which to adopt the rules – probably 30 days. Before all that, though, will come the lawsuits. Already, Republican-run organizations have plans to file suit against the Biden administration over the rules.

[Bridge Michigan]

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