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Attorney General plans lawsuit over labor department vaccine & testing requirements

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People who work at a company with more than 100 employees will be required to either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested weekly by Jan. 4. The U.S. Department of Labor announced the timeline for the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy Thursday. Montana’s Attorney General plans to sue over the rule.

The agency’s rule allows unvaccinated people to continue to work at their companies if they get tested weekly and wear face coverings while at work.

Montana’s Attorney General Austin Knudsen plans to file a lawsuit this week challenging the rule. Knudsen in an emailed statement called the temporary rule an “egregious overreach” and said it infringes on people's rights.

The U.S. labor department’s rule also requires employers to determine the vaccination status of each employee.

Vaccine requirements are illegal in Montana under a new state law.

The Montana Medical Association and a group of health care providers are challenging the law. That challenge is pending in federal court in Missoula.

Freddy Monares was a reporter and Morning Edition host at Montana Public Radio.
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