(AmericanProsperity.com) – A Biden administration workplace vaccine mandate that required private employers with 100 or more employees to ensure staff is vaccinated or have them submit to weekly testing just came to a screeching halt. The Louisiana 5th Circuit Court of Appeals officially blocked the mandate on November 16. President Joe Biden will have to fight an uphill battle to get it back.
The president first signed an executive order implementing vaccine mandates for federal employees back in September 2021. At the time, the administration hoped to lower COVID-19 cases and get the economy moving again.
In November, they issued the second “vaccine-or-test” mandate for large businesses through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It immediately triggered a wave of legal battles from religious groups, employers, and various states.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation assigned the Cincinnati 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to process all 34 pending lawsuits, choosing at random from the current 12 regional federal appeals courts.
— The Hill (@thehill) November 16, 2021
Unfortunately for the administration, the judicial panel’s decision caused an unprecedented amount of difficulty for restoring Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate for large employers. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is a notoriously conservative court.
The Biden administration will soon ask the court’s three-judge panel to lift the temporary suspension by arguing that hundreds of lives are lost each day the mandate remains blocked. Either way, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals selection may throw a wrench in their plans. It could even render the mandatory vaccine policy’s reinstatement impossible.
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