WILL receives “2022 SPN Network Award” for challenging OSHA
The News: The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) was given the “2022 SPN Network Award” by the State Policy Network for challenging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) authority to issue a sweeping emergency rule. WILL represented two Wisconsin manufacturing businesses in this lawsuit.
WILL shares the award with The Buckeye Institute, Liberty Justice Center, Mississippi Center for Justice, Pelican Institute for Public Policy, and Texas Public Policy Foundation.
The State Policy Network is a national association with a goal to catalyze thriving, durable freedom movements in every state, anchored with high-performing independent think tanks.
The Quote: WILL President and General Counsel, Rick Esenberg, said, “WILL is honored to receive this award. Even in times of crisis, the rule of law matters. WILL is committed to create lasting litigation and policy change, advancing the constitutional rights of all.”
Background: On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced his intent to issue a rule to “require all employers with 100 or more employees, that together employ over 80 million workers, to ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week.” The announcement came mere months after President Biden, and officials in his administration, assured the public there would be COVID-19 vaccination mandates from the federal government.
On November 4, 2021, OSHA issued the rule previewed by President Biden in September. The rule requires businesses of 100 or more employees to require proof of vaccination or weekly COVID-19 tests. Companies that do not comply face penalties of over $13,000 per violation, or over $136,000 for a willful violation. The rule is expected to apply to more than 80 million employees.
- The 2022 SPN Network Award Recognizes Think Tanks Who Stood Up for Americans and Businesses Harmed by the Vaccine Mandate, State Policy Network, September 21, 2022