Biden Administration Withdraws Vaccine & Testing Mandate For Businesses
Written by admin on January 26, 2022
It looks like the Biden administration’s regulation for businesses to make sure their employees are either vaccinated or tested frequently will come to an end starting Wednesday.
According to CNBC, on Tuesday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the withdrawal of its vaccine and testing mandate for businesses. This decision comes after the Supreme Court blocked the regulation earlier this month.
In a statement, OSHA said, “Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly.” A Labor Department spokesperson says the OSHA will ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to dismiss any remaining cases that are connected to the mandate.
The spokesperson also said, “OSHA is evaluating the record and the evolving course of the pandemic. OSHA has made no determinations at this time about when or if it will finalize a vaccination and testing rule.”
The OSHA first made the mandate effective under its emergency powers. Under the mandate, businesses that had 100 or more employees were required to make sure their employees were fully vaccinated or they either they had to go through weekly testing in order to enter the workplace.
The purpose of the mandate was to help control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, Biden has since reportedly asked business owners to voluntarily make the regulation a requirement.
As we previously reported, the mandate was halted last November due to grave statutory and constitutional” issues with the mandate. The halt came after Republican-heavy states filed legal claims against the vaccine mandate.
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