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Supreme Court blocks workplace vaccine-or-test mandate but upholds healthcare requirement

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Friday evening, Sept. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Supreme Court blocks workplace vaccine-or-test mandate but upholds healthcare requirement

Kaelan Deese January 13, 02:37 PMJanuary 13, 02:54 PM

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden’s workplace vaccine-or-test mandate but upheld the Department of Health and Human Services requirement for certain healthcare workers.

The conservative majority on the court ruled 6-3 to block the vaccine-or-test mandate for employees of big businesses, saying the secretary of the Labor Department “lacked authority to impose the mandate,” adding that the decision should be left up to Congress.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration workplace mandate went into effect on Jan. 4 and began enforcement on Monday, requiring unvaccinated employees of companies with 100 or more employees to begin wearing masks indoors. A vaccine-or-test requirement was slated to go into effect on Feb. 9 requiring workers who have not been fully vaccinated to be subjected to weekly testing.

A healthcare vaccine mandate enforced by the Department of Health and Human Services will remain in effect, requiring healthcare workers of facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid payments to be fully vaccinated.

SUPREME COURT JUSTICES APPEAR DIVIDED OVER VACCINE REQUIREMENTS FOR BIG BUSINESSES

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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