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President Joe Biden advocated for businesses of up to 100 or more employees to institute a mandatory vaccination rule. Announced Thursday, the Supreme Court has voted against the proposed vaxx mandate (6-3), backed by the White House and Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Preliminary hearings last week sounded unfavorable toward the rule, which required mandatory jabs and subjected non-vaccinated employees to mask-wearing and weekly testing — creating uncertainty around a sputtering labor market as millions of Americans choose to remain unvaccinated but adamant to return to work.
In the Court’s decision, as relayed by Fox Business, the consensus agreed that the Labor Department’s mandate was overreaching with its objective, encouraging “the Secretary to set workplace safety standards, not broad public health measures.”
“Although COVID-19 is a risk that occurs in many workplaces, it is not an occupational hazard in most,” the Court added. “COVID–19 can and does spread at home, in schools, during sporting events, and everywhere else that people gather. That kind of universal risk is no different from the day-to-day dangers that all face from crime, air pollution, or any number of communicable diseases.”
A separate ruling involving a mandate for healthcare workers was voted in due to a 5-4 agreement after Chief Justice John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh approved the guideline.
Biden’s advocacy for the rigid nationwide mandate embodied his outlook and handling on the Omicron variant — embracing tight restrictions over ample solutions to end the pandemic.
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