General Electric Co on Friday suspended its vaccine or test requirement for its 174,000 employees after the Supreme Court blocked Joe Biden’s OSHA mandate.
The US Supreme Court on Thursday blocked Joe Biden’s OSHA vaccine mandate for businesses with 100+ employees.
“Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly,” the court wrote in an unsigned opinion.
“Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category,” the court wrote.
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GE is the first domino to fall.
General Electric suspended its Covid vaccine and testing requirement on Friday after the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration’s mandate, a company spokesperson told CNBC.
GE, which had174,000 employees at the end of 2020, has encouraged its employees to get vaccinated, the spokesperson said.
Tyrant Joe Biden is still calling on private businesses to force vaccines on employees despite the Supreme Court ruling.
“The court has ruled that my administration cannot use the authority granted to it by Congress to require this measure,” Biden said. “But that does not stop me from using my voice as president to advocate for employers to do the right thing to protect Americans’ health and economy.”