World News In 6-3 decision, court blocks OSHA from enforcing the White House’s Covid-19 vaccination mandate.
SCOTUS decision calls WH’s vax-or-test mandate “significant encroachment” into daily life & “a blunt instrument. It draws no distinctions based on industry or risk of exposure to COVID–19. Thus, most lifeguards and linemen face the same regulations as do medics and meatpackers.”
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“OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress,” the court said in the 30-page opinion, accepting the claim from the plaintiffs that it exceeded the agency’s statutory authority and was otherwise unlawful.“Agreeing that applicants are likely to prevail, we grant their applications and stay the rule,” the court said.OSHA has legal authority to regulate workplace dangers, but not “the hazards of daily life–simply because most Americans have jobs and face those same risks while on the clock,” as doing so would significantly expand its authority without clear authorization from Congress, the majority opinion said.In a separate but related case, the court allowed the White House to mandate jabs for employees of federally funded health care facilities, which had also been challenged. That was a 5-4 decision, with Justices Roberts and Kavanaugh siding with their liberal colleagues and Justices Alito, Barrett, Thomas and Gorsuch dissenting.