Over the past month or so, the Biden administration had taken a number of humiliating legal losses in various courts with regard to President Joe Biden’s many vaccine mandates for different sectors of the workforce.
However, according to the Daily Caller, the White House finally snagged a win this week as a federal appeals court reinstated the president’s vaccine mandate that affects private companies that employ at least 100 workers, with the court lifting a temporary injunction on the mandate.
It was only in November that another federal court ruled that Biden’s private business vaccine mandate was considered “staggeringly overbroad,” and immediately brought the proposed rule to a grinding halt.
Biden’s vaccine mandate for private businesses, which will be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is set to take effect on Jan. 4.
It was thanks to the three-judge panel of the U.S. Appeals Court for the Sixth Circuit that the Biden administration scored what can only be described as a massive — and much-needed — victory on the COVID-19 vaccine mandate front.
The ruling for the majority vote, 2–1, was authored by Obama-appointed Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch, who seemed to be very much in favor of burdening millions of private businesses with Biden’s ridiculous vaccine and testing mandate.
“Recognizing that the ‘old normal’ is not going to return, employers and employees have sought new models for a workplace that will protect the safety and health of employees who earn their living there,” Judge Stranch wrote.
She added: “In need of guidance on how to protect their employees from COVID-19 transmission while reopening business, employers turned to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration … the federal agency tasked with assuring a safe and healthful workplace.”
“The costs of delaying implementation of the [mandate] are comparatively high,” Stranch continued, according to Fox Business. “Fundamentally, the [mandate] is an important step in curtailing the transmission of a deadly virus.”
Bad news for businesses
Now, instead of only worrying about Biden’s supply chain and inflation crises, private businesses across the country only have a matter of weeks to figure out how to implement the mandate, which also includes weekly testing for the unvaccinated.
However, there remains a glimmer of hope, as the lawsuit brought against the Biden administration with regard to that particular mandate, from at least 27 different states, will more than likely end up in the Supreme Court for a final decision.
Whether or not the conservative majority high court will rule for or against such a mandate is yet to be seen, but it’s clear that millions of businesses that will be affected are likely praying for the latter.