US Supreme Court Blocks Biden's Vaccination Requirement in Major Companies

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The US Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the vaccination or testing obligation in large companies. This blocks a measure announced in November by the Joe Biden administration.

The US government wants employees in companies with more than 100 employees to be either vaccinated against the corona virus or tested weekly. That measure would affect more than 80 million workers in the US. The scheme is seen as a means of pressure to increase vaccination coverage in the country.

But the Supreme Court, dominated by conservative judges, said on Thursday that the government may have exceeded its jurisdiction. The regulation did not come through parliament, but was written by OHSA, the administrative department responsible for safety and health at work.

“While Congress has unequivocally given OHSA the power to regulate occupational hazards, the agency does not have the power to regulate public health more broadly,” US media outlets quoted the court’s ruling.

The rules were originally supposed to come into effect this month. The Supreme Court does allow a vaccination requirement for employees of health care facilities who work with federal resources.

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