The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large employers, giving more clarity to a divisive issue that has loomed over businesses for months.

Supreme Court Justices narrowly blocked the enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Temporary Standard, which stipulates businesses with 100 or more employees require their employees be vaccinated or be tested weekly and wear masks if they choose to not get vaccinated. The full opinion is available here.

However, a vaccine mandate from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that applies to workers in the health care sector is being allowed to stand, according to various media reports.

The January 13 ruling on the vaccine mandate for large employers comes three days after OSHA’s Temporary Standard took effect. Before the ruling, applicable employers had until January 10 to comply with the standard.

The decision to send the legal challenges to the Supreme Court came five days after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay on the federal vaccine mandate for large employers, which gave OSHA the authority – albeit temporarily – to enforce the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large employers.

An estimated more than 80 million people would have been affected by the vaccine mandate for large employers.

 

 

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