WASHINGTON — A federal court declined Friday to lift its stay on the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or extra staff.
The New Orleans-based fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay final Saturday of the requirement by the federal Occupational Security and Well being Administration that these staff be vaccinated by Jan. 4 or face masks necessities and weekly exams.
Attorneys for the Justice and Labor departments filed a response Monday during which they stated stopping the mandate from taking impact will solely extend the COVID-19 pandemic and would “cost dozens or even hundreds of lives per day.”
However the appeals court rejected that argument Friday. Decide Kurt D. Engelhardt wrote that the stay “is firmly in the public interest.”
“From economic uncertainty to workplace strife, the mere specter of the Mandate has contributed to untold economic upheaval in recent months,” Engelhardt wrote.
At the least 27 states have filed authorized challenges in a minimum of six federal appeals courts after OSHA launched its guidelines on Nov. 4. The federal authorities stated in its court filings Monday that the instances needs to be consolidated and that one of many circuit courts the place a authorized problem has been filed needs to be chosen at random on Nov. 16 to hear it.
Administration attorneys stated there isn’t a purpose to maintain the vaccine mandate on maintain whereas the court the place the instances in the end land stays undetermined.