OSHA has ‘suspended activities’ related to Biden’s vaccine mandate

The Labor Inspectorate has “suspended” work on President Biden’s vaccine mandate after a federal appeals court suspended rules that would force companies with 100 more employees to require COVID-19 shots or regular testing.

OSHA pointed to the stay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, but said the court’s battle over regulation, known as a temporary emergency standard, is not over.

“The court ordered that OSHA ‘does not take steps to implement or enforce the’ ETS until further court order,” the statement said on its website. “While OSHA remains confident of its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the trial.”

It was unclear when the announcement was made, but Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who took a victory round on Wednesday, said it happened Tuesday.

“Earlier this month, I led a coalition that filed a lawsuit to stop OSHA’s illegal vaccine mandate, the first states to do so. Yesterday, OSHA announced that it would suspend enforcement of their illegal temporary emergency standard requiring vaccines or testing. on private employers, “Mr. Schmitt said.” This is a huge victory for the people of Missouri and businesses across the country, and an important step toward a complete halt to these vaccine mandates, but there is more work to be done.

He said his own case is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, “and we are optimistic that we will win in stopping this vaccine mandate once and for all.”

According to Mr. The bid’s regulation must include employers who take stock of which employees have been vaccinated or not in early December.

Unvaccinated persons must wear a mask at work and then undergo tests at least once a week from 4 January.

Congress and state Republicans, business groups, and advocates of religious freedom are fighting against the mandate, saying it is an unprecedented violation of American medical decisions and stretching OSHA’s authority.

The Washington Times requested a comment from OSHA on what activities are particularly suspended, as the regulation does not trigger sanctions that could be up to $ 14,000 per year. violation until the new year.

For more information, visit the Washington Times COVID-19 resource page.

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