The Biden administration’s mandate for federal contractors’ employees to be vaccinated will be halted nationwide amid a slew of challenges from states that say the president overstepped his authority in requiring the Covid-19 shots, Bloomberg Law reported .
A US district court judge for the Southern District of Georgia said in an order issued Tuesday the seven states that challenged the mandate set to take effect on Jan. 4 are likely to succeed in their lawsuits against the administration’s order.
The Biden administration mandate applies to roughly a quarter of the U.S. workforce and affects companies that do business with the federal government, including Lockheed Martin Corp., Microsoft Corp., Alphabet Inc.‘s Google and General Motors Co.
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Separately, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended the comment period for its Covid-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard to Jan. 19, 2022.The 45-day extension is meant to allow stakeholders additional time to review the ETS and collect information and data necessary for comment. Comments can be submitted electronically via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal , identified by Docket No. OSHA-2021-0007.
OSHA’s ETS provides a framework for employers to comply with the vaccine mandate established by the Biden administration. The mandate is currently on hold  pending several legal challenges.