What Does Blocked Private Vax Mandate Mean for You?
By a convincing 6-3 margin the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Biden Administration's forced vaccine mandate.
THE MANDATE WOULD HAVE BEEN ENFORCED BY OSHA
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration are the ones who would have overseen the mandate, but now it's blocked. Washington is one of the state where our Labor and Industries is 'overseen' or subcontracted to be run basically by OSHA (the Feds).
This block does not apply to Federal workers, only those in private businesses. It does not apply to WA state workers or those who are their sub-contractors, only private businesses.
The mandate had attempted to encircle all US industry basically, applying to private businesses of 100 workers or more. Now, it's blocked.
WILL THIS REMOVE MANDATORY TESTING?
Many businesses were prepared to 'offer' their workers a testing option, but with the vax mandate gone, that doesn't appear to be necessary.
The block is one of the biggest blows to the Biden Administration since he took office in January.
The Court did uphold by a 5-4 margin, the mandate for medical workers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Breitbart.com reports the Court appeared to be "skeptical" about the OSHA mandate, including difficulty by Federal officials in identifying statutory authority for imposing such a mandate.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR WASHINGTON STATE?
The state was poised to jump on the mandate, via Labor and Industries (by way of OSHA) and eager to move on it. But now, with the mandate blocked at the Supreme Court level, there's not going to be much that Attorney General Bob Ferguson can do. The state could possibly enact one, but given the Supreme Court blocked it, could result in a massive legal fight over it. We shall see.
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