Published January 13, 2022
The US Supreme Court today blocked the Biden administration’s requirement for large companies to implement COVID-19 vaccine requirements, testing and wearing a mask on the job. The court allowed the vaccine mandate to remain for workers at federally funded healthcare organizations.
In November, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the details of the vaccination mandate aimed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. It required employers with 100 or more employees to establish minimum vaccination, vaccination verification, face covering, and testing requirements to protect employees from COVID-19 in the workplace.
The court ruled the Biden administration overstepped its authority by using OSHA to enforce the vaccine-or-test rule for businesses with at least 100 employees. The court allowed the vaccine mandate to be enforced for virtually all health care workers nationwide, applying to healthcare providers who receive federal Medicare or Medicaid funding. Medical and religious exemptions remain.
The opinions for each decision can be found at the Supreme Court of the United States website.
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