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OSHA Suspends Vaccination Mandate


Following a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has suspended enforcement of the vaccine mandate "pending future developments".  The Appeals Court ruled that the mandate grossly exceeded the authority of the Agency.


The subject of federal mandates is now in the hands of the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court in Cincinnati that is considering over thirty challenges that have been consolidated into a single action.  If the Sixth Circuit appeals Court rules in favor of a mandate, OSHA will limit the suspension and possibly extend the original deadline of January 4th, 2022. Ultimately the issue may be considered by the Supreme Court, given the jurisdictional and constitutional issues involved.


In the interim, employers would be well advised to offer vaccination and incentives as was the case with Tyson Foods and Perdue Farms and other processors. Complete vaccination with a range of safe and highly effective approved vaccines will reduce the incidence rate of COVID in employees and their communities. Vaccination will reduce absentism and in the event of infection will obviate hospitalization. At the end of the day, COVID is a public health situation and should be distinct from political considerations and mischievous misinformation.

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