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EXPLAINER: Must employers follow Biden's vaccine mandates?

Dec. 03, 2021 13:23 PM EST

Millions of health care workers across the U.S. were supposed to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by this coming Monday under a mandate issued by President Joe Biden's administration. Thanks to legal challenges, they won't have to worry about it, at least for now. ...

Biden administration asks court to allow vaccine mandate

Nov. 23, 2021 14:15 PM EST

The Biden administration on Tuesday asked a federal court to let it move ahead with a workplace rule that would require employees at larger companies to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face weekly testing. The mandate is a centerpiece of the administration’s efforts...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Nov. 17, 2021 13:22 PM EST

Palm Beach Post. November 10, 2021. Editorial: Give popular vote priority in presidential elections It’s a truism most Americans take for granted: Elected officeholders win by getting a majority of the vote. The concept is usually the rule, with...

GOP-majority court chosen to consider Biden vaccine mandate

Nov. 16, 2021 17:37 PM EST

Challenges to President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers will be consolidated in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, a panel dominated by judges appointed by Republicans. The Cincinnati-based court was selected Tuesday in a random drawing...

OSHA, South Dakota pork plant settle coronavirus complaint

Nov. 15, 2021 19:52 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal workplace safety regulators announced Monday that they have reached an agreement with Smithfield Foods to settle a contested citation of the company’s coronavirus safety measures during a massive outbreak last year at a South Dakota pork processing plant....

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Nov. 15, 2021 10:18 AM EST

Dallas Morning News. Nov. 13, 2021. Editorial: Stop shaming Matthew McConaughey It was a record scratch of a moment: Texas actor and potential gubernatorial hopeful Matthew McConaughey, who is vaccinated against COVID-19, declared in an interview this...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Nov. 10, 2021 13:37 PM EST

The (Charleston) Post and Courier. Nov. 8, 2021. Editorial: Serious or symbolic, anti-vaccine mandate pits McMaster vs. rule of law It’s not clear what if any effect S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s order barring his Cabinet agencies from enforcing the...

Whistleblowers to play key role in enforcing vaccine mandate

Nov. 09, 2021 15:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — To enforce President Joe Biden’s forthcoming COVID-19 mandate, the U.S. Labor Department is going to need a lot of help. Its Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t have nearly enough workplace safety inspectors to do the job. So the...

Biden vax-test mandate covers government workers in Michigan

Nov. 09, 2021 12:23 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration's requirement that many private-sector workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or, if their employers allow it, get tested weekly also applies to many of the roughly 586,000 government employees in Michigan. That is...

Government: Vaccine rule should remain while cases play out

Nov. 08, 2021 19:29 PM EST

The Biden administration framed its vaccine mandate for private employers in life-and-death terms Monday in a legal filing that sought to get the requirement back on track after it was halted by a federal court. Its filing in response to a stay issued over the weekend by...