Iowa’s Labor Commissioner announced on Friday (Jan. 7) that the state will not be adopting or enforcing the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements for large employers.
The state’s decision comes days before federal mandate is set to go into effect for employers across the country. It also comes as the controversial federal standard is being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, making its future uncertain.
Iowa Labor Commissioner Rod Roberts said in a news release that the state has determined its existing standards “are at least as effective as the federal standard change.”
“As a state plan state, the Iowa Division of Labor is charged with protecting the health and safety of those in the workplace and has the authority to enforce workplace safety and health standards for Iowa businesses,” Roberts said. “Iowa doesn’t have a standard requiring the COVID-19 vaccine or testing. But after closely reviewing the federal OSHA Vaccine Mandate, Iowa has determined it will not adopt the federal standard.”