The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has now suspended the usage of the federal vaccine mandate that affects around 80 million workers in the country after the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit gave a motion to stay its coronavirus Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS).
“On Nov. 12, 2021, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals gave a motion to stay OSHA’s coronavirus Vaccination Emergency Temporary Standard, released on Nov. 5, 2021,” an update from the OSHA website says.
According to the new court order, OSHA will “take no actions to implement or force the Mandate until more court orders.”
“While OSHA is confident about its authority to safeguard workers in emergencies, we have suspended activities connected to the enforcement and implementation of the ETS pending new developments in the courts,” OSHA said:
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OSHA released their Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) earlier this month, laying the legal groundwork against employers who have more than 100 workers.
The legal challenges came after the announcement of the rule, which forces employers with more than 100 employees to enforce vaccines or implement strict testing requirements. The cost of testing being on the unvaccinated employees, amounting to a “work tax,” as OSHA, normally, “does not enforce employers to fund any costs connected to testing.”
The rule led businesses, as well as numerous states, to take legal action, saying the rule was unconstitutional.
“This is 500 pages from a bureaucracy — a government that is run through executive edict, not in accordance with the normal constitutional processes, and Florida will respond,” Republican Governor Ron DeSantis said after the release of the OSHA rule.
“And we will fight the OSHA rule. As soon as it is published, Florida will be joining Alabama and Georgia, as well with private plaintiffs to issue a lawsuit,” he said.
The rule, which could affect 80 million Americans, was scheduled for January 4. The rule has “planned inspections” as well as large fines for violators — up to $14,000 for initial offenses.
This comes at a time when Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, are growing tired of Biden’s vast federal overreach into their personal lives and decisions.
Author: Scott Dowdy