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The Supreme Court weighs in on Biden’s mandate for workplaces over 100 workers.
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Supreme Court’s vaccine mandate ruling means businesses chart their own course
Jan 21 2022
The mandate, which was set to take effect on Feb. 9, 2022. would have affected an estimated 84 million workers.
Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses
Jan 13 2022
At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S. The court’s orders Thursday came during a spike in coronavirus cases caused by the omicron variant.
“The Senate passed a resolution Wednesday to repeal President Joe Biden’s vaccination-or-testing mandate for private sector employers in a bipartisan rebuke of a key component of the White House’s Covid-19 strategy.”
* The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia told the Biden administration to halt enforcement “in all covered contracts in any state or territory of the United States of America.”
* The court said President Joe Biden likely exceeded his authority under the Procurement Act when he issued the mandate.
* The requirements cover millions of workers across the U.S. economy.
Federal judge blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors
South Carolina News
Dec 7 2021
“A federal judge has again sided with South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and blocked a Biden Administration mandate that would require employees of federal contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The judge granted a preliminary injunction which will prohibit the government from enforcing any such mandate, now the third time federal judges have sided with Attorney General Wilson and blocked enforcement of Biden Administration vaccine requirements.”
“Abuse of power by the Biden administration has been stopped cold again. The rule of law has prevailed and liberty is protected. When the President oversteps his authority the law is thankfully there to halt his misuse of power,” Attorney General Wilson said
“A judge temporarily blocked the federal government from mandating Covid-19 vaccines for workers at Medicare- or- Medicaid-funded healthcare facilities, the latest legal setback in the Biden Administration’s effort to require vaccines in many workplaces.”
“Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the Biden administration over three different vaccine mandates targeting private employees, federal employees and healthcare workers serving Medicare and Medicaid patients
Lawsuits filed by 27 states over the private sector mandate is setting the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in because they were filed directly in five federal courts of appeals.
Eighteen states sued the Biden administration and other agencies in lower district courts over a mandate affecting federal employees and contractors. Ten states sued in district courts over a health care worker mandate.
Florida and Indiana filed individual lawsuits, one in district court, one in circuit court, respectively.
27 states sued in five circuit courts over private sector mandate”
Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Utah and private employers sued the Biden administration in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, arguing the mandate is an “illegal and unconstitutional vaccine mandate imposed on private businesses.”
“A federal appeals court on Friday upheld its previous order temporarily blocking President Joe Biden’s vaccine and testing mandate for large companies, rejecting a Justice Department request to lift the freeze.
A three-judge panel for the Louisiana-based Fifth Circuit said in a 24-page ruling that the Biden administration’s order exposes companies to “severe financial risk if they refuse or fail to comply, and threatens to decimate their workforces.”
“On the dubious assumption that the mandate does pass constitutional muster, which we need not decide today, it is nonetheless fatally flawed on its own terms,” the court wrote, signaling the uphill legal battle facing the administration.”
“A federal appeals court reaffirmed its earlier halt of President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate on private employers.
Writing for a panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Engelhardt described the mandate as “fatally flawed” and said OSHA grossly exceed its legal authority. “…health agencies do not make housing policy, and occupational safety administrations do not make health policy. In seeking to do so here, OSHA runs afoul of the statute from which it draws its power and, likely, violates the constitutional structure that safeguards our collective liberty,” the judge wrote.”
“A federal appeals court temporarily halted the Biden administration’s occupational safety rule that required businesses with over 100 employees to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine or regular testing.
In a ruling on Saturday, a three judge panel at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay sought by Texas, Utah, Mississippi and South Carolina, as well as businesses who claimed they would be negatively impacted.”