President Biden’s vaccine mandate for employers with more than 100 employees is not being enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision Nov. 12.
“The court ordered that OSHA ‘take no steps to implement or enforce’ the ETS ‘until further court order,'” OSHA’s website reads. “While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigation.”
First Liberty Institute, which represents three religious ministries Daystar Television Network, the American Family Association, and Answers in Genesis in legal challenges to the mandate, slammed the unconstitutional mandate.
“The OSHA rule is blatant government overreach, massively unconstitutional, and threatens the freedom of working Americans,” said Lea Patterson, Counsel for First Liberty Institute. “As religious organizations, our clients cannot in good conscience force their own employees to violate their deeply held beliefs regarding vaccines. We will fight to make sure this mandate is struck down permanently.”
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) said private companies should “cease implementation of Biden’s OSHA’s vaccine mandate, because OSHA itself has ceased.”
Tennessee State Rep. Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville) added: “In Tennessee you are in violation of our new state law if you are trying to enforce the stayed OSHA order. We also provided a cause of action against those in violation.”