Lawmakers Press Labor Department on Covid Workplace Safety Rule
· Subcommittee calls Biden officials for hearing on delay
· Administration had set March 15 for emergency regulations
Andrew Kreighbaum, Bloomberg Law
April 23, 2021
House Democrats seeking answers on a delayed Covid-19 workplace safety rule are asking Biden administration officials to appear at a subcommittee hearing next week.
The hearing reflects mounting frustrations among lawmakers over the wait for virus workplace standards three months after President Joe Biden, in an executive order, directed the Department of Labor to make a rule to protect workers from Covid-19 on the job.
The Education and Labor Committee’s Subcommittee on Workplace Protections will hold a hearing April 30 with officials from the Department of Labor and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. A committee aide said it’s still being confirmed which officials will attend.
Biden’s executive order, issued on his first full day in office, gave the Occupational Health and Safety Administration a March 15 deadline to release the rule. This month…