President Joe Biden’s vaccine coercion mandate will rely on snitches for enforcement.
When Biden announced the pending mandate requiring businesses with 100 or more employees to compel the COVID-19 vaccine, he hoped it would force over 100 million workers to get the jab. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, however, currently only employs 1,850 inspectors, which the agency notes is “about one compliance officer for every 70,000 workers.”
This shortage of oversight has already sparked enforcement using tattletale workers and union representatives who report businesses that are not following the Emergency Temporary Standard related to COVID-19 protocols and health care facilities.
OSHA will largely focus its punishment, fines of up to $14,000 per violation, “where workers need assistance to have a safe and healthy workplace.”
“That typically comes through in the form of a complaint,” acting chief of OSHA Jim Frederick told reporters.
As it stands now, however, whistleblowers who lodge complaints against an employer that is not forcing its employees to get the shot are not offered specific protections for being a tattletale to the administration.
OSHA issued its new emergency temporary standard last Thursday demanding that private companies with 100 or more employees mandate the COVID-19 jab for their workers. In the proposed rule, OSHA also threatens to extend the mandate requirement to smaller employers and asks for businesses that have chosen to require the shot or COVID testing to cooperate with the agency’s investigation into how to expand the rule.
“The agency is moving in a stepwise fashion on the short timeline necessitated by the danger presented by COVID-19 while soliciting stakeholder comment and additional information to determine whether to adjust the scope of the [emergency temporary standard] to address smaller employers in the future,” the rule states.