Almost immediately after the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for private employers was announced, state lawsuits flooded in and challenged its legality.
On November 6, two days after it was rolled out, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York Orleans temporarily blocked the mandate, which would require workers at companies with 100 or more employees to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022, or tested weekly.
On November 12, the Court of Appeal upheld its earlier injunction, stop the implementation of the mandate. On November 16, a panel of courts consolidated 34 lawsuits questioning the mandate, and the case was randomly selected to be tried by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
In response to the legal grip on the mandate, the nov. 17 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration suspended activities related to its temporary emergency standard for covid-19 to comply with the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal. The story of OSHA's decision was the third most read article in 2021 on work injury compensation on the Business Insurance website
. implementation. In a 2-1 decision, the judges ruled that OSHA's ETS falls within the Authority's legal jurisdiction.
OSHA has since announced that the original compliance period on 4 January has been postponed to 10 January. The Supreme Court of the United States was announced last week, specifically addressed to Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who has jurisdiction over the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals. The case is expected to be referred to full court.
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