President Biden Signs Executive Order Extending Workplace Protections Against COVID-19 (US)


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One of President Biden’s first acts in office was to sign an Executive Order (EO) on January 21, 2021 aimed at increasing the safety and health of U.S. workers, particularly healthcare and other essential workers, against the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, President Biden instructed the Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL), through the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, to issue revised guidance to employers on pandemic-related workplace safety, such guidance to be issued no later than February 4, 2021. The President also directed the Assistant Secretary of Labor to consider and, if warranted, issue by March 15, 2021, any emergency temporary standards necessary to protect the workplace, such as requiring the wearing of masks in the workplace.

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