Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he opposes new federal rules aimed at implementing vaccine mandates on employers.

“The Biden administration followed through with its promise to impose federal vaccine mandates on businesses, hospitals, and nursing homes,” Hutchinson said. “I oppose these mandates on the freedom that businesses should have to run their workplace.”

Hutchinson at a press conference on Thursday said he intends to fight the federal mandate. He said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will be moving forward with litigation efforts to challenge the OSHA rules and he will provide support on those efforts as they pursue legal measures.

Hutchinson read some of the OSHA and CMS rules that were issued and noted that the OSHA rules that total 490 pages. He said that state, local, and public school district employees are exempt from these rules, as they only apply to the private sector businesses with 100 or more employees.

“The result of these mandates will create hardships on people, businesses, and our efforts to get people back to work,” he said. ”There is an extraordinary worker shortage right now, and this is going to make the shortage more difficult.”

Read the OSHA rules and other relevant information HERE. Read the CMS rules and other relevant information HERE.