(The Center Square) – Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery joined six other attorneys general on Friday in challenging the Biden administration’s mandate on COVID-19 vaccinations from private employers.
by Biden mandate, through the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), says companies with 100 or more employees must ensure their workers are vaccinated or require a COVID-test. 19 weekly by January 4.
Friday petition The U.S. Court of Appeals is asking the court to review the temporary emergency standard, which would require tens of millions of Americans across the country to get vaccinated.
“As we anticipated, the mandate affirms an unprecedented extension of emergency regulatory powers by a federal agency,” Slatery said. “Its scope and width are only exceeded by its length (around 500 pages). It also fails to take into account the many measures already taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by individuals, employers and our state. “
The lawsuit claims that OSHA does not have the statutory and constitutional authority to issue it.
Jim Brown, Tennessee director of the National Foundation of Independent Business, said he started hearing from some of his group’s top members on Thursday about the OHSA rule.
“The NFIB appreciates General Slatery’s swift action in joining the effort to end this federal overreach,” said Brown. “As stated yesterday in our national outing, the NFIB remains opposed to OSHA [emergency temporary standard] rule that restricts the freedom of small business owners to decide how best to operate their own business and places undue burdens on small businesses that further threaten small business recovery.
“We continue to hear from independent companies in Tennessee who now appear to be caught in the midst of an outstanding and conflicting state law and federal rule. Hopefully today’s lawsuit against the rule will proceed quickly. and successfully, so Tennessee businesses can have the critical clarity they need, ”Brown said.
States that request the exam and wish to stay outside of Tennessee are Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.
“The authority to issue temporary emergency standards has been delegated to OSHA by Congress for the express purpose of protecting employees from the serious dangers posed by exposure to substances such as physically harmful chemicals or asbestos encountered at work, ”the group said. “However, this authority does not extend to risks which are also prevalent at work and in society in general.”
The lawsuit asked the court to suspend implementation of the rule until the court can render a decision on the matter.