The United States Post Office (USPS) has asked President Joe Biden’s administration to temporarily suspend new requirements for a vaccine or COVID-19 test for large businesses, with the USPS, with its 650,000 employees, being one of the companies that must comply with the regulation. According to the USPS, the rule has the potential to cause “catastrophe”.
Deputy Head of the Post Office Doug Tulino in a letter released on Tuesday (4/1) obtained by the news agency Reuters, asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to push back the deadline for the regulation to take effect by 120 days.
The regulations affect more than 80 million American workers.
USPS, one of the largest US civilian companies, said it could not meet the requirements by the current deadline and also faced time-consuming legal requirements to use and collect medical information and collective bargaining requirements.
The USPS also cited staff shortages and said it needed to train “tens of thousands of local supervisors and managers” to monitor employee compliance with the regulations.
The USPS wants approval to continue using its current COVID-19 mitigation policies while its request is being considered. USPS offices are located in 30,000 locations across America. [ka/mg]