Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release a decision concerning President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate that applies to businesses with over 100 employees, and while impossible to predict, experienced court watchers have a pretty good idea of what’s likely to happen.
According to Fox News, Center for American Liberty CEO and civil rights attorney Harmeet Dhillon has predicted that the high court will go with a “split decision” in its ruling on Biden’s two vaccine mandates currently being weighed.
The first mandate under consideration is the one that will heavily penalize businesses that have 100 or more employees and do not submit to rigorous testing and vaccine guidelines, a move that many experts believe could spell doom for the U.S. economy right at a time when those very businesses are healing from nationwide shutdowns.
The other mandate under consideration is one that requires healthcare workers to be vaccinated against the virus.
Dhillon believes that the high court, made up of a majority of conservative justices, will rule that the employer mandate does not have the constitutionality required to implement such an extreme measure. In contrast, she believes that the healthcare worker mandate will, in fact, be upheld.
“I think there may be a split ruling out of the court. I think on the case…challenging the large employer mandate, it looks to me like we have five or six votes to enjoin that order,” Dhillon said.
She added: “But on the one regarding medical facilities, because the order is tied to federal funding, I think there are some different arguments there and the justices seem more likely to uphold that OSHA mandate on medical facilities.”
Employers were required to begin the mandate compliance on Monday, but with the final ruling on the matter still up in the air, it’s presumable that many have held off on implementing the expensive, if not impossible guidelines for employees.
A decision on both matters is expected in the very near future, given the implications it could have on literally tens of millions of American workers and families.