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Biden’s Vaccine Mandate: Court Temporarily Suspends Law For Businesses

Workers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and their supporters protest November 1, 2021 outside JPL in Pasadena, California against a US government mandate requiring all federal employees to received the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine. - Eleven US states with Republican governors sued the Biden administration on October 29, 2021 seeking to block a Covid-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors, arguing it is unconstitutional and violates federal procurement law. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

A federal appeals court suspends Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses. The ruling indicated that the current administration might be up against it in its largest push yet to tackle the virus among the American workforce.

The ruling, which a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Louisiana ordered, will not immediately take effect. The new rule’s first significant deadline is December 5, when businesses with more than 100 employees must compel unvaccinated workers to wear masks inside. Businesses have until January 4 to need Covid vaccines or begin weekly worker testing.

 

Pedestrians wearing facemasks walk past a sign posting Covid-19 requirements in front of a store in Hollywood, California on November 2, 2021. – Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday 1,357 department employees had not submitted their vaccination status as of last Friday, and each commander has received a list of their names to begin enforcement of the city’s vaccination and testing mandate. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, the move on Saturday boosted a broad coalition of opponents of the regulation, who have contended that it is illegal. On Friday, a coalition of companies, religious organizations, advocacy groups, and six states, including Louisiana and Texas, filed a petition with the court, claiming that the administration had exceeded its power.

It was unclear if the delay was just a technical hiccup for the Biden administration or the start of the mandate’s unraveling.

US Court Suspends Biden Vaccine Mandate for Businesses Until Further Notice

On Saturday, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit concluded that the mandate had “grave statutory and constitutional concerns.” As a result, the court put the order on hold until further proceedings.

According to the two-page ruling acquired by Al Jazeera, the courts said the Biden administration should answer the request for a permanent directive against the mandate on Monday. The injunction comes after a slew of Republican-led states filed legal objections to the new regulation, slated to effect on January 4.

 Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said the mandate prevents President Biden from going out of reach. Landry, a Republican, told NPR that Biden should not force medical operations on the American people without the constitution’s checks and balances.

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At least 27 states have filed cases in several circuits contesting the policy. The Biden administration has pushed for broad vaccinations as the most practical approach to stop the pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 750,000 people in the US.

Business Groups Unhappy With Vaccine Mandate

On Thursday, several business organizations raised worry over President Joe Biden’s Covid vaccination requirement. The organizations believe, according to CNBC, that the regulations would put a strain on companies during the hectic Christmas season as they hurry to meet an implementation deadline that falls just after New Year’s Day.

Businesses with at least 100 employees in the United States must verify that their staff has been vaccinated or face monthly testing by next year. According to new standards published by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), all unvaccinated employees must begin wearing masks effective December 5.

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