Nov 5, 2021 - Health

DeSantis to sue Biden administration over employer vaccine mandate

Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that the state will file a lawsuit in response to President Biden's vaccine mandate that goes into effect Jan. 4.

Why it matters: Thursday's lawsuit is the Republican governor's latest attempt to undermine the Biden administration's vaccine requirements.

  • DeSantis sued the Biden administration last month over an order to require federal contractors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus no later than Dec. 8.

Driving the news: The latest mandate will require employers with 100 or more workers to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or tested weekly.

  • The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will enforce the new rules, and employers face federal fines starting at nearly $14,000 for each violation.
  • OSHA will largely rely on complaints to investigate violations, administration officials said.

The big picture: DeSantis said the lawsuit will be filed Friday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • The vaccine rules would impact nearly 9,000 employers in Florida and 4.5 million residents who are employed in the state, according to a statement from DeSantis.
  • "The State of Florida will immediately challenge the OSHA rule in court because it’s inconsistent with the Constitution and not legally authorized through Congressional statutes," DeSantis said in a statement.

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