Business Lobby Files Court Notice Over Biden’s Vaccine Mandate: Stop ‘Bullying Businesses to Comply’

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The Job Creators Network (JCN), a business advocacy group, has filed a notice with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals—which is hearing all legal challenges to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement—and sent a letter to the president saying the group expects the White House to comply with a court decision to freeze the mandate.

“We expect the White House to respect and listen to the judiciary rather than barnstorming ahead and bullying businesses to comply with this rule whose legal fate is in serious jeopardy,” JCN wrote in the Nov. 19 letter to Biden (pdf). “We expect the White House to respect the rule of law and observe the court’s temporary stay.”

It comes days after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it would suspend enforcement of the mandate after an appeals court reaffirmed its decision to temporarily block the rule, which was published earlier this month. Affecting tens of millions of private-sector employees, the mandate triggered a barrage of lawsuits from Republican states, businesses, individuals, and other groups.

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said businesses with 100 or more workers should move ahead and implement the federal governments’ rule requiring workers to get vaccinated or submit to regular testing, in spite of the temporary stay.

“Our message to businesses right now is to move forward with measures that will make their workplaces safer and protect their workforces from COVID-19,” she told reporters at the White House Thursday. “That was our message after the first stay issued by the Fifth Circuit. That remains our message and nothing has changed.”

Despite OSHA’s decision and the legal challenges, Psaki said the Biden administration is confident that it has the authority to implement the rule and confirmed the White House is still working under the guise that businesses will implement the mandate by Jan. 4.

“We are still heading towards the same timeline,” she said. “The Department of Justice is vigorously defending the emergency temporary standard in court and we are confident in OSHA’s authority.”

By Tom Ozimek

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Job Creators Network Files Notice With Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and Sends Letter to President Biden Regarding the White House’s Continued Bullying of Small Business Owners to Comply With Employer Vaccine Mandate

Washington, DC (November 19, 2021) – Today, the Job Creators Network filed a notice with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and sent a letter to President Biden regarding the White House’s continued bullying of small business owners to comply with its employer vaccine mandate. Despite two recent federal court rulings staying the employer vaccine mandate, the White House continues to willfully ignore the judiciary and call on businesses to continue implementing the rule by January 4, 2022, as if these judicial decisions never occurred.

The notice to the Sixth Circuit informs the Court of the White House’s actions and urges it to promptly hear and resolve the legal challenges to the mandate given these actions.

Read the court filing HERE. Read the letter to the White House HERE. JCN filed a lawsuit, along with several of its member co-plaintiffs, to block this illegal employer vaccine mandate. Read the lawsuit HERE.

Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network, released the following statement:

“The White House is brooking contempt of court with its decision to keep pressuring businesses to comply with the illegal vaccine mandate in the face of the initial court orders holding it invalid. Today Job Creators Network officially notified the court of the White House’s inappropriate pressure and calls for a prompt final resolution of the mandate challenge. Joe Biden and Jen Psaki must cease and desist from pushing small businesses into compliance with this illegal edict.”

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