A three-judge panel of the New Orleans Fifth District court of Appeals has granted an emergency stay, stopping the Biden Administration in its tracks from forcing employers to make sure all their workers are vaccinated against Covid by Jan. 4, 2022.
The judges said the Biden mandate raises “grave statutory and constitutional issues,” and while it is deciding on the merits of an injunction against the vaccine requirement, it ordered the Biden Administration to submit its legal argument by Monday.
In September, President Joe Biden said his emergency order that forced all federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated would expand to orders that would be coming through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA.
On Thursday, OSHA put out its new rules for all employers of 100 workers or more saying they must either make sure all workers are vaccinated or else test unvaccinated workers weekly for Covid. Fines of $14,000 per offense or higher were part of the new OSHA regulation.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy on behalf of Alaska and 10 other Republican-led states filed a legal challenge on Friday to the vaccine mandate on private businesses.