Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Large Businesses

Headline Roundup December 18th, 2021

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit late Friday reinstated Biden's proposed vaccine mandate for businesses with at least 100 workers, reversing the ruling from last month that paused implementation of the legislation.

The three-judge panel dismissed the notion that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exceeded its authority, arguing that "OSHA has regulated workplace health and safety, including diseases, for decades." Although this is the second time an appeals court has backed the Biden administration's vaccine requirement, two other appeals courts have doubted the mandate's legality. The mandate, which could go into effect as early as Jan. 4, would require about 80 million workers employed at larger companies to get vaccinated or get tested weekly and wear a mask. The legislation is now inching its way to the Supreme Court, which will have to resolve the partisan debate around the legality of a vaccine mandate. 

Some outlets highlighted messages from business groups that warned "the mandate could lead lots of people to quit their jobs." Most left-rated outlets highlighted voices from the White House and other groups that "welcomed the decision," arguing that a federal vaccine mandate is necessary to end the COVID-19 pandemic in wake of the Omicron variant. Right-rated outlets were more likely to emphasize the "grave statutory and constitutional" issues with OSHA's vaccine mandate.

From the Left
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A federal appeals court gave the green light for President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large private employers to be implemented as it reversed a previous decision that had put it on hold. The final say over the mandate, which affects some 84 million workers across the United States, will likely rest in the hands of the Supreme Court as opponents immediately filed appeals.

The split ruling by the three-judge panel of the Ohio-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit overturned a ruling last month by the U.S. Court of...

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From the Center
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A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for businesses with at least 100 workers.

Why it matters: The administration paused enforcement of the mandate, which requires companies to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or tested weekly by Jan. 4, 2022, after a separate federal circuit court last month deemed it "staggeringly overbroad."

Republican attorneys general, private companies and some industry groups sued to challenge the requirement and the Justice Department asked that the cases be consolidated.

What they're saying: A three-judge panel on 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati...

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The U.S. Appeals Court for the Sixth Circuit ruled late on Friday that Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration can resume enforcing a vaccine mandate on companies with 100 or more employees.

The Biden administration’s vaccine mandate was reinstated after the court ruled 2-1 to allow the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to resume enforcement.

“Recognizing that the ‘old normal’ is not going to return, employers and employees have sought new models for a workplace that will protect the safety and health of employees who earn their living...

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