3. OSHA Vaccine Mandate encounters opposition – business insurance

Almost immediately after the Biden government's vaccine mandate for private employers was announced, state lawsuits poured in to challenge its legality.

On November 6, two days after its inception, the 5th U.S. Appeals Court in New Orleans temporarily blocked the mandate requiring workers in companies with 100 or more employees to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. or tested weekly.

On November 12, the appellate court upheld his earlier injunction and suspended the implementation of the mandate. On November 16, a judicial panel consolidated 34 lawsuits against the mandate, and the case was randomly selected to be heard in the 6th Cincinnati Court of Appeals.

In response to the legal suspension of the mandate, the occupational safety and health authorities suspended activities related to their temporary emergency standard on COVID-19 on November 17 in order to comply with the ruling of the Federal Court of Appeals. The story of the OSHA decision was the third most read article on Workers Compensation of 2021 on the Business Insurance website.

The US 6th Circuit Court won a victory for the Biden administration late in the evening of December 17th, confirming the employer's vaccine mandate and enabling its implementation. In a 2: 1 decision, the judges decided that the OSHA's ETS falls under the agency's legal jurisdiction.

OSHA has since announced that the mandate's original compliance deadline has been postponed from January 4th to January 10th.

Several appeals have been filed with the US Supreme Court, as announced last week, specifically to Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who is responsible for the US 6th Court of Appeals. It is expected that the matter will be referred to the General Court.

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