By: Konrad Holden
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced on Wednesday that it is suspending its new rule requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to have all workers vaccinated. The rule was initially halted by a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. After numerous companies filed lawsuits against the federal agency, the agency has backed off the new rule.
The Biden administration announced in September that they would force all employees at 100+ worker companies to get vaccinated. Businesses would be fined multiple thousands of dollars for each unvaccinated worker per day. The rule gave businesses a January 4th deadline to comply.
The rule initially received backlash from multiple companies, states, and politicians.
But it took nearly two full months for the rule to actually be drafted and formally enacted as an Emergency Temporary Standard.
It only took a few hours before Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire became the first company to sue the government.
Dozens of other businesses and states also filed lawsuits which were consolidated into the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th district. Just 8 days later, a judge halted the OSHA rule due to possible “grave statutory and constitutional issues with the mandate.”
Now OSHA has apparently given up the fight and is backing down, saying, “While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigation.”
The Biden White House continues to encourage businesses to have all employees vaccinated.
“President Biden, the federal government, social media, and the establishment media have conspired to rob Americans of their freedoms in the name of public health. They have broken faith with the American people through conflicting messaging, false information, and by suppressing data and perspectives with which they disagree.” - Jeremy Boreing, Daily Wire Co-Founder and Co-CEO