The Biden administration is withdrawing its COVID-19 vaccination mandate against Covid-19 and its testing rules after the Supreme Court’s decision to block the mandate.
According to a notice posted on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration website, the withdrawal is effective Wednesday, January 26th.
OSHA’s regulation required businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or undergo regular testing in addition to wearing a face covering at work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday it would continue to work on imposing the vaccination requirement through the regular—and lengthier—rule-making process.
The rule, most of which was set to take effect earlier this month, elicited a lawsuit by business groups. On Jan. 13, the Supreme Court stopped the rule from going into effect while it deliberated over the lawsuit.
In an unsigned ruling, the court’s conservative majority said the administration likely didn’t have the power to impose such a requirement on private businesses.
The rule wouldn’t apply to businesses whose employees don’t report to a workplace nor to those who work at home or outdoors.
Despite the Supreme Court’s rejection of the federal rule, many employers stated that they were still planning to implement the vaccine mandate.
The results illustrate the divisiveness of the issue within corporate boardrooms as employers weigh whether mandates could prompt anger and staff defections. Many companies, buffeted by soaring absenteeism caused by the omicron variant, have decided to go ahead with a vaccine requirement, and almost 40 percent of employers polled by Gartner agreed that a mandate could attract workers. Yet about one in four executives said it would do the opposite
What this means for you
Fear-driven speculation and radical company decisions are placing an increasing pressure on employers across the country. Keeping up with the fine details in the latest laws and regulations impacting your business isn’t easy, and just one slip up can land your company in hot water.
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