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Questions linger as employers and workers wait for Biden's new vaccine rules

Justin Hicks/IPB News
Photo credit: A bus driver wearing a mask waits at a light.

Employers are waiting for details on President Joe Biden’spromised rulemaking employers with more than 100 workers require vaccinations or testing. Businesses and workers have questions on how Indiana’s government will respond when the rule comes.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration programs can be run either by the federal government, or as a state agency. Indiana’s OSHA office is operated by the state’s Department of Labor. It will be charged with enforcing the new rule, although labor unions have long said the agency is routinely underfunded.

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Neil Gath is an attorney who represents various labor groups in the state. He said it’s unclear if IOSHA has the staff needed to enforce a new mandate. 

“They’re the appropriate agency given the task, I believe,” he said. “The question is, will they have the resources to fully administer it?”

Gath added it’s unclear if states like Indiana will immediately adopt the standard if it's challenged in court. Attorney General Todd Rokita has promised he will sue when it’s implemented, along with several other Republican governors.

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Justin Hicks joined the reporting team for Indiana Public Broadcasting News (IPB News) through funding made available by (IPBS) Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations. Justin was based out of WVPE in his new role as a Workforce Development Reporter for IPB News.