Federal Vaccine Mandate Halted
The Federal Court Blocks Biden Administration’s Private Business COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate. With multiple lawsuits against the OSHA regulation filed in several circuit courts, federal rules for mulit-circuit litigation call for the cases to be consolidated and heard by one court that’s initially chosen by a lottery.
A federal appeals court in New Orleans suspended the Biden administration’s emergency temporary rule requiring employers to mandate Covid-19 vaccination or regular testing.
Citing “grave statutory and constitutional issues,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit put the newly minted workplace mandate rule on hold Saturday pending further litigation.
The order comes a day after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration officially published its vaccinate-or-test regulation, which was met by a flurry of lawsuits from Republican state attorneys general, companies, and other organizations seeking to block it. The emergency temporary standard is supposed to last just six months, heightening the significance of any delay before the rule gets full judicial review.
The three-judge Fifth Circuit panel that halted the regulation is composed of Judges Kyle Duncan and Kurt Engelhardt, who were both appointed by the Trump administration, and Judge Edith Jones, a Reagan administration appointee.
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FOX NEWS Court halts Biden vaccine, the testing mandate for businesses