5th Circuit temporarily blocks Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private businesses

A federal appeals court ruled on Saturday to temporarily halt the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate that would have required businesses with 100 employees or more to force workers to get vaccinated or be tested weekly for the virus and wear a mask.

Under the administration’s new rules, private employers that don’t comply with the mandate would face steep fines, up to $14,000 for each violation, and employees risk being terminated for noncompliance. 

In its ruling, the three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit stated: 

Before the court is the petitioners’ emergency motion to stay
enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s
November 5, 2021 Emergency Temporary Standard (the “Mandate”)
pending expedited judicial review.

Because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory
and constitutional issues with the Mandate, the Mandate is hereby STAYED pending further action by this court.

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