OSHA Says It Will ‘Take No Steps To Enforce’ Vax Mandate Following Court Order
Washington D.C. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says it will comply with a court order and take no steps to enforce the controversial employer-based vaccination mandate for private businesses.
Last Friday afternoon in a blistering 22-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld its emergency stay effectively blocking enforcement of OSHA’s 490-page emergency temporary standard (ETS).
The ETS forces employers — with 100 employees or more — to require employees to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022, or ensure all unvaccinated employees wear a facial covering and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test each week.
In a new statement on its website, OSHA said it has “suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigation.”
Additionally, OSHA indicated it “remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies.”
OSHA’s acknowledgement of compliance with the Fifth Circuit’s order is noteworthy given the White House was initially defiant following the Court’s original emergency stay order.
“People should not wait,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters last week. “They should continue to move forward and make sure they’re getting their workplace vaccinated.”
Meanwhile, the flood of legal cases have now been consolidated in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
On Tuesday, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation conducted a drawing using ping pong balls and randomly selected the Cincinnati, OH-based court.
Transportation groups such as the American Trucking Associations, Louisiana Motor Truck Association, Mississippi Trucking Association and the Texas Trucking Association are among those who have filed suit arguing enforcement of the ETS could “have devastating impacts on the supply chain and the economy.”
TransportationNation.com will watch new developments closely.