An appeals court has issued a reprieve and temporarily suspended Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees.
The ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit came after several states’ attorney general filed lawsuits against the administration.
The court said they found “serious statutory and constitutional” issues with the mandate.
Seema Nanda, a labor lawyer, told Reuters the labor department was “confident in its legal authority” to issue the rule, which will be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“The Occupational Safety and Health Act explicitly gives OSHA the authority to act quickly in an emergency where the agency finds that workers are being seriously endangered and a new standard is needed to protect them,” she said. said. “We are fully prepared to defend this standard in court.”
The Reuters report adds that “the two-page order instructs the Biden administration to respond to the request for a permanent order against the rule by 5pm Monday.”
The mandate is set to take effect on January 4 and will apply to 84.2 million workers at 1.9 million jobs in the private sector.