Supreme Court vaccine mandate ruling won’t bar companies from demanding Covid shots for workers — Biden vows to advocate for that

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  • The Supreme Court decision that stayed the Biden administration’s COVID vaccine mandate for employees of large employers would require companies to no longer require shots for their employees.
  • President Joe Biden vowed to push companies to do the same to save lives and prevent even more economic fallout from the two-year coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Supreme Court blocked a rule that required workers to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear a mask at work and negative for the virus at least once per week for companies with at least 100 employees. will have to test.

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The Supreme Court decision that blocked the Biden administration’s COVID vaccine mandate for employees of large employers will not require US companies to vaccinate their employees.

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President Joe Biden on Thursday vowed to inspire companies to do the same to save American lives and prevent even more financial fallout from the two-year coronavirus pandemic.

“The court has ruled that my administration cannot use the authority granted by Congress to require this measure, but it allows me to advocate for employers to do the right thing to protect the health and economy of Americans.” Doesn’t stop him from using his voice as president,” Biden said in a statement.

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Biden said, “I call on business leaders to immediately engage with those who have already stepped up — which includes a third of Fortune 100 companies — and immunize to protect their employees, customers and communities.” meet the requirements.”

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a rule issued in the fall by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that required workers to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear masks on the job and for companies with at least 100 employees. Must test negative. virus at least once per week.

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The High Court said in its ruling that while OSHA had the power given by Congress to regulate occupational hazards, the agency did not have authority “more broadly for regular public health.”

The National Retail Foundation praised the ruling as a “significant victory” for employers.

The NRF noted in a statement that it had joined more than two dozen other trade unions this week to oppose the mandate, which it called “difficult and unprecedented”.

But the Retail Foundation also said it “maintained a strong and consistent position concerning the importance of vaccines to help address this pandemic.”

And, anticipating Biden’s subsequent statement on the ruling, the NRF said it “urges the Biden administration to abandon this unlawful mandate and instead focus on practical ways to increase vaccination rates and reduce the spread of the virus.” Works with employers, employees and public health experts. 2022.”

Starbucks said last month that all US employees of the giant coffee shop chain should be vaccinated or tested by February 9.

Previously, large employers including American Express, Amtrak, Citigroup, General Electric, Google, Jeffries, NBCUniversal, Southwest Airlines, Tyson Foods and United Airlines imposed vaccine mandates on employees, or at least on workers returning to physical offices.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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