The Biden administration on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to uphold its vaccination or testing requirement for large U.S. businesses. In contrast, numerous business groups and GOP-led states seek to stop the rule.
“The nation is facing an unprecedented pandemic that is sickening and killing thousands of workers around the country, and any further delay in the implementation of the [rule] will result in unnecessary illness, hospitalizations, and deaths because of workplace exposure to [Covid],” Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar said in the filing.
According to a report, the federal appeals court recently reinstated Biden’s COVID vaccination rule for large private companies after a previous court ruling ended one of Biden’s most important measures to boost vaccination rates.
The president introduced the policy in September, declaring that companies with at least 100 employees need to make sure that all employees are vaccinated or require employees who aren’t vaxxed to wear masks and present negative COVID tests once a week. Employers could be fined for failing to comply.
Many GOP-led states and business organizations are part of a suit to overturn the mandate, alleging that it exposes businesses to financial risk if they fail to comply and also threatens their workers.
In a 2 to 1 ruling, an Ohio-based 6th Circuit panel said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) workplace policy was valid.
OSHA has announced that it will not issue citations related to its vaccination requirements prior to January 10 so that businesses have enough time to comply with the regulations. OSHA also stated that there will be no citations related to the testing requirements prior to February 9. The mandate was originally scheduled to begin on January 4.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to listen to oral arguments regarding objections to the vaccination requirements and mask requirements for large businesses on January 7.