OSHA, also known as the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has suspended the enforcement of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private businesses that was issued by the White House.

The announcement came shortly after a U.S. appeals court rejected a challenge by the Administration on Nov. 12 and reaffirmed its decision to put on hold OSHA’s mandate, which requires that businesses with 100 employees or more ensure that workers either be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4, 2022, or be tested weekly and wear a mask.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans stated in an opinion that OSHA’s mandate is “staggeringly overbroad,” and ordered it to “take no steps to implement or enforce the Mandate until further court order.” 

For more details, see OSHA’s website here.