McGuireWoods Charlottesville counsel
Micah Schwartz was quoted in a July 30, 2020, Inside Higher Ed
story about the congressional divide on federal pandemic workplace safety
regulations and what it means for colleges and universities.
With the potential return of students, faculty and staff to campuses across
the country, the article focused on whether a safe reopening of campuses is
Because of the divide between Republican and Democratic proposals for
another coronavirus relief package and a perceived lack of clear
regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
on the national level, many states are moving to issue pandemic-specific
workplace safety regulations.
Virginia was the first state to lay out specific rules and requirements. Schwartz
said the Virginia law requires higher education institutions to meet at
least the new state standards.
The creation of national OSHA regulations would likely include much of what
colleges already are doing, and would likely add to their administrative
work, he said, but it would also give employees recourse if colleges aren’t
following the rules.