Supreme Court blocks vaccine mandate for large employers

The Supreme Court voted 6 to 3 to block the Biden administration’s federal vaccine mandate for employers with more than 100 employees. OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) would have required workers to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus or to wear masks and be tested weekly.

Employers were to have established policies to provide paid time off to employees to get vaccinated, to recover from the effects and to require non-vaccinated employees to be masked in the workplace.

Initially, employers were to have policies in place by December in which all employees are “fully vaccinated” or be tested weekly for Covid-19. The deadline was then postponed until later in January.

As a result of this ruling, large employers no longer need to pursue establishing these policies.

In a separate ruling, the Supreme Court did uphold the administration’s mandate requiring health care workers at facilities that receive federal funding to be vaccinated.