Federal Appeals Court in New Orleans Blocks Federal Mandatory Vaccine Requirements for Large Employers
Federal Appeals Court in New Orleans Blocks Federal
Mandatory Vaccine Requirements for Large Employers
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans issued a stay temporarily blocking the Federal mandatory vaccination requirement for employers with 100 or more employees. The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) immediately responded saying “The Occupational Safety and Health Act explicitly gives the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”)] the authority to act quickly in an emergency where the agency finds that workers are subjected to a grave danger and a new standard is necessary to protect them….We are fully prepared to defend this standard in court.”
Under the new rules issued on Thursday:
- •All unvaccinated workers must begin wearing masks by Dec. 5 and provide a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis beginning Jan. 4.
- •Employers must pay employees for the time it takes to get vaccinated and recover from any side effects that prevent them from working.
- •Companies are not required to pay for or provide the tests unless they are otherwise required to by state or local laws or in labor union contracts.
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