Supreme Court blocks Biden mandate on workplace vaccines

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On Thursday, January 13, the United States Supreme Court blocked the president Joe BidenThe plan to require most workers to be vaccinated or tested weekly.

In a separate ruling, however, the judges upheld a narrower and more specific mandate requiring hospital workers and nursing facility employees to be vaccinated. Once the decision takes effect, around 17 million people will be affected, according to a report by The Los Angeles Times.

The mostly conservative court sided with Republican lawyers who said Biden’s vaccine mandate plan oversteps his authority as president by requiring all companies with more than 100 employees to enforce the vaccine mandate or undergo regular weekly tests.

In the 6-3 vote, the justices said Biden’s plan, which was based on the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970 — the law that protects employees from toxins and workplace hazards Labor –– was beyond the reach of the law, as vaccinations are not covered in the language of the law.

Chief Judge John G.Roberts Jr. and Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with liberal justices to uphold the mandate of health care workers.

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