The Supreme Court today invalidated the Biden Administration’s plan to require employers with 100 or more workers to ensure their employees were vaccinated against COVID. The Court ruled 6-3 that the plan exceeded the authority of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to enforce it.
The rule would have gone into effect last week but had been previously blocked by a lower court. Under the rule, employers would have been required to “remove from the workplace any employee who receives a positive COVID-19 test or is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a licensed health care provider.”
In response to the ruling, President Biden said, “The Court has ruled that my administration cannot use the authority granted to it by Congress to require this measure, but that does not stop me from using my voice as President to advocate for employers to do the right thing to protect Americans’ health and economy. I call on business leaders to immediately join those who have already stepped up — including one third of Fortune 100 companies — and institute vaccination requirements to protect their workers, customers, and communities.”