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Appeals court stays vaccine mandate on larger businesses

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court has temporarily halted the Biden administration's vaccine requirement for businesses with 100 or more workers.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Saturday granted an emergency stay of the requirement by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration that those workers be vaccinated by Jan. 4, or face mask requirements and weekly tests.

President Biden first announced the sweeping mandates in September. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration now says companies that fail to comply could face penalties of nearly $14,000 per violation.

Several states including Iowa have filed a lawsuit to challenge Biden's vaccine mandate for workers employed by a federal contractor.

On Thursday, Reynolds said that the mandates for workers will worsen workforce shortages and supply chain issues.  Reynolds said the requirement "pits Americans against Americans."

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican, said the court action halts Democratic President Joe Biden's administration from "moving forward with his unlawful overreach."

The president has been encouraging widespread vaccinations as the quickest way out of the pandemic.