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OSHA suspends enforcement of COVID-19 vaccine mandate for companies

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is suspending enforcement of the Biden government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for major private companies after a federal appeals court last week upheld a suspension of it.

OSHA said in a statement published Friday night on its website that while it is confident in its ability to protect workers during the pandemic, it is suspending activities related to the mandate, citing the pending lawsuits.

“The court ordered that OSHA ‘take no steps to implement or enforce the ETS’ [Emergency Temporary Standard] “until further court order.” While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the process,” OSHA said.

President BidenJoe Biden Florida Republicans Vote to Limit Vaccine Mandates Bill Honoring 13 Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Goes to Biden’s Office Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented by Boeing – Pentagon Promises More Transparency in Airstrikes MORE announced in September that the government was rolling out a new rule that would require all private employers with 100 or more employees to require vaccines or weekly tests for all staff, a directive that could affect nearly 80 million workers.

Earlier this month, the government set January 4 as the deadline for qualifying private employers to mandate or test the vaccine on a weekly basis. The rule was developed by OSHA.

In a 22-page ruling last week, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals wrote that the government’s COVID-19 vaccine and testing mandate were “fatally flawed” and ordered OSHA to require “pending adequate judicial review” of a motion for a permanent ban.

The court said OSHA should “take no steps to carry out the mandate or enforce a further court order.”

The case came to light when Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), along with the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Utah and South Carolina, filed a lawsuit in October against the Biden administration over its vaccine mandate, requesting a provisional and permanent court order to stop. the mandate is not carried out. The lawsuit also called for the mandate to be declared illegal.

Earlier this month, the federal appeals court ordered a temporary suspension of the mandate, but the Justice Department then requested that the suspension be lifted, arguing that the administration has legal authority to provide COVID-19 vaccines or tests for larger companies. and that the states challenging the mandate have failed to demonstrate that their claims outweigh the damage of stopping the rule.

However, the court upheld the suspension, prompting OSHA to announce that it is suspending enforcement of the rule.

More than two dozen attorneys general and other groups are also challenging the mandate in court.

However, despite the court’s ruling, the White House urged companies to continue to implement guidelines for COVID-19 vaccines and testing.

“We believe that people should not wait. We say don’t wait to take actions that keep your workplace safe. It’s an important and critical thing to do, and waiting to get more people vaccinated will lead to more outbreaks and diseases,” the White House deputy press secretary said. Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-PierreOSHA suspends enforcement of COVID-19 vaccine mandate for companies Inflation focuses on Biden Fed White House pick, frustration over who gets to ask MORE told reporters last week after the verdict.

“We are trying to get out of this pandemic, and we know the way to do that is to get people vaccinated,” she added.

The government has said it believes it is on a firm legal footing, even after the federal appeals court ruling, and states it has the power to mandate vaccination for workers in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 19 to stop.

It’s not clear how the White House will respond to OSHA’s announcement.

Updated at 5:22 PM