The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has denied the federal government’s motion to transfer the lawsuit challenging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement to a different court, while also rejecting a White House bid to dissolve a stay on the mandate, delivering a blow to the Biden administration’s efforts to press ahead with implementation.
In a Dec. 3 ruling, the 6th Circuit Court denied the government’s motion to transfer the case to the 5th Circuit and the D.C. Circuit, while also rejecting as “moot” the Biden administration’s attempt to overturn a hold on the mandate.
OSHA on Nov. 5 published an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that would require private employers with 100 or more employees to impose a mandatory vaccinate-or-test policy. Under the rule, unvaccinated workers also would have to wear masks inside the workplace, with violators facing potential penalties of thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars per incident.
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, also known as SARS-CoV-2.