The U.S. Supreme Court halted enforcement of the Biden administration’s emergency rule that would have required US business with more than 100 employees to require workers to have COVID-19 vaccines or undergo weekly testing.
The unsigned opinion came just days after the court heard an emergency appeal last Friday. The rule, an “emergency temporary standard,” would have affected more than 84 million workers. The trucking industry was among those that had challenged the mandate, and it was quickly put on hold by an appeals court, reports Truckinginfo.com
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published the ETS in early November, arguing that the mandate was needed to ensure workplaces were safe for employees in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The administration said a 1970 law permits the agency to set an emergency rule when a “grave danger” exists that could expose workers to “substances or agents determined to be toxic or physically harmful or from new hazards.”