WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation today released the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Relations David French in response to the release of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new temporary emergency standard. The new federal rules will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19.
âOver the past 19 months, retailers across the country have taken extraordinary steps to keep their employees, customers and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of these efforts, retailers have distributed, promoted, promoted and, in some cases, commissioned the vaccine. Since the president announced the vaccine mandate for private industry, the seven-day average number of cases in the United States has fallen by more than half. Nonetheless, the Biden administration has chosen to declare an “emergency” and impose onerous new demands on retailers during the crucial holiday shopping period.
âAs the industry that supports one in four US jobs, retailers have consistently asked the administration for public comment on this new vaccine mandate. Last month, the NRF met with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and stressed the importance of implementation feasibility for employers. It is essential that the rule does not unnecessarily disrupt the economy, exacerbate pre-existing labor shortages or saddle retailers, who are already taking significant steps to keep their employees and customers safe, with additional requirements and unnecessary regulatory burdens. “
Last month, the NRF sent a detailed letter to Labor Secretary Marty Walsh outlining the retail industry’s concerns and recommendations regarding the temporary emergency standard. Subsequently, the NRF sent a letter at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and obtained a meeting with the administration officials.
About the NRF
The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail association, is a passionate advocate for the people, brands, policies and ideas that help the retail business thrive. From its headquarters in Washington, DC, the NRF empowers the industry that powers the economy. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, contributing $ 3.9 trillion to annual GDP and supporting one in four jobs in the United States – 52 million American workers. For over a century, NRF has been the voice of every retailer and every retail profession, educating, inspiring and communicating the powerful impact of retailing on local communities and global economies. nrf.com