Supreme Court blocks OSHA vaccine mandate

Jan. 13, 2022

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS).

Under the standard, companies with 100 or more employees would have had to develop, implement and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopted a policy requiring employees to choose to either be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work. The standard would have impacted 80 million workers.

The decision to block the vaccine-or-test regulation was made on a six to three vote by the Supreme Court justices.

The court did rule to uphold a regulation that requires vaccines for almost all employees at hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers that receive Medicare or Medicaid payments.

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