President Joe Biden extended an eviction moratorium already deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, so it would come as little surprise that President Norms would ignore the law going forward with his imperiled presidency. But Biden's latest blow in his campaign against the coronavirus isn't just a legal mess destined for endless court challenges; it's a logistical nightmare with little likelihood of doing anything other than further tightening the labor market and inflaming the sentiments of the vaccine-hesitant.
As a part of his umpteenth plan to stop the pandemic, the White House announced a series of vaccine requirements. Two of these, one for contractors with the federal government and another for healthcare workers at facilities funded by Medicare and Medicaid, seem kosher enough, legally speaking. But Biden's signature mandate is directed at the 80 million workers at private businesses with 100 or more employees.
"The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work," the administration announced. "OSHA will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement this requirement."
That sound you hear is labor lawyers across the country licking their lips over the prospect of profits.