Georgia court ruling blocks enforcement of federal contractor COVID-19 vaccine mandate

October 10, 2023

A federal contractor COVID-19 vaccine mandate is on hold for now following a ruling from a federal court judge in Georgia.The temporary injunction from U.S. District Judge R. Stan Baker stops enforcement of the mandate nationwide and is another legal setback for efforts from President Joe Biden’s administration to implement widespread COVID-19 vaccine requirements.Representatives from Kansas, Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia filed a lawsuit challenging whether a federal contractor COVID-19 vaccine mandate is constitutional. This injunction followed a narrower ruling in November that blocked the federal contractor vaccine mandate in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, according to a report in The Hill.Legal experts expect the federal government to appeal the injunction, although there is no indication of when that would happen.Federal contractors had been facing a January 18, 2022 deadline to be fully vaccinated to comply with Biden’s executive order, which was issued in September.A federal appeals court also has blocked a mandate pertaining to employers with 100 or more people that would require employees of those organizations to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or be tested weekly.Guidance surrounding vaccine mandates continues to evolve. Syndeo works with industry partners to provide employers updated information when it becomes available.About us: As the Heartland’s leading employer services company, Syndeo partners with local business owners to help them minimize risk, improve efficiency and maximize profitability allowing them the freedom to focus on growth and fulfilling their mission. Syndeo fulfills its mission by taking on all of the HR responsibilities for our clients’ workforce, including employee relations, benefits, risk management and payroll. Winner of the 2020 and 2021 Best of HR Services Award through ClearlyRated for providing superior client service. See our ClearlyRated profile here.

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