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Vaccine Mandate For Businesses with 100 or More Employees Paused by Court

A federal appeals court ordered a temporary pause on a COVID-19 vaccine mandate instituted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for businesses with 100 or more employees, CNBC reported.

The vaccine mandate would require full vaccination status for businesses with 100 or more employees by Jan. 4. After Jan. 4, unvaccinated workers at the businesses would be required to submit negative COVID-19 tests weekly and start wearing face masks indoors at workplaces beginning Dec. 5. Payment for the COVID-19 testing and facial coverings would be the responsibility of unvaccinated employees and not the employers, according to the Hardwood Federation.

The mandate was halted Nov. 6 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and is pending review. The Biden administration urged businesses to move forward with the vaccine requirements despite the temporary pause.

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