The Biden administration has withdrawn its vax mandate for large employers after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Biden didn’t have the authority to demand that private companies force employees to take a vaccine.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its decision on Tuesday:
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is withdrawing the vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard issued on Nov. 5, 2021, to protect unvaccinated employees of large employers with 100 or more employees from workplace exposure to coronavirus. The withdrawal is effective January 26, 2022.
Although OSHA is withdrawing the vaccination and testing ETS as an enforceable emergency temporary standard, the agency is not withdrawing the ETS as a proposed rule. The agency is prioritizing its resources to focus on finalizing a permanent COVID-19 Healthcare Standard.
OSHA strongly encourages vaccination of workers against the continuing dangers posed by COVID-19 in the workplace.
Just over a week ago, the nation’s highest court ruled 6-3 that the mandate was outside OSHA’s purview.
“OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress,″ the court’s majority wrote in the Jan. 13 ruling. ”Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, it has declined to enact any measure similar to what OSHA has promulgated here.”
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