(Reuters) – A federal appeals court in the United States issued a ruling on Saturday freezing the Biden administration's efforts to require workers at U.S. companies with at least 100 employees to be vaccinated against covid-19 or tested weekly, citing "serious statutory and constitutional "problem with the rule.
The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit comes after many Republican-led states filed legal objections to the new rule, which will take effect on January 4.
In a statement , Solicitor of Labor Seema Nanda said that the Labor Department was "safe in its legal authority" to issue the rule, which will be upheld by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
"The Occupational Safety and Health Act explicitly allows the OSHA authority to act quickly in an emergency where the authority finds that workers are exposed to serious danger and a new standard is necessary to protect them," she says. "We are fully prepared to defend this standard in court."
On average, about 1
The screening comes two days after the Biden administration revealed the rule, which was immediately met by promises of legal action from Republican governors and others, who claimed it exceeded the administration's legal authority. million workers at 1.9 million private employers, according to OSHA.
The administration's various vaccine rules cover 100 million employees, roughly Two-thirds of the U.S. workforce, according to the White House. The rule also faces separate legal challenges before other courts.
The decision on two sides calls on the Biden administration to respond to the request for a permanent injunction against the rule no later than 17.00. Monday.