Appeals court reinstates Biden admin's vaccine mandate for larger businesses

Dec. 20, 2021

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati on Dec. 17 overturned last month's ruling by another federal appeals court, the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, that had blocked a Biden administration rule requiring larger companies to mandate that their workers get vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to weekly testing by early January.

In September, President Biden unveiled regulations to increase the adult vaccination rate as a way of fighting the pandemic, which has killed more than 750,000 Americans and weighed on the economy.

The highly contested rule, issued by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has faced lawsuits from businesses and Republican-controlled states.

Challengers are planning to file or already had filed emergency motions with the Supreme Court to block the rule.


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