January 13, 2022
From : National Council and Thorn Run Partners (National Council Government Relations Consultants)
|· The U.S. Supreme Court granted the stay to block the OSHA vaccine-or-testing rule, which went into effect on Monday.
· In a separate ruling, the CMS mandate for employees of health facilities receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding is permitted to go into effect nationwide.
· Both rulings are in effect while these cases continue through the legal process in the lower courts.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings pertaining to the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate efforts, upholding requirements for workers in health care facilities receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding to be inoculated, but blocking rules for private sector businesses with 100 or more employees. While today’s rulings provide the White House with more clarity as to how it can proceed on these policies, the underlying challenges to both rulings will continue through the legal process in the coming weeks and months ahead. In a statement from the White House, President Joe Biden called on states and individual employers “to determine whether to make their workplaces as safe as possible for employees.”
Key takeaways from today’s rulings can be read below:
SCOTUS Blocks OSHA Private Sector Rules
· In a 6-3 ruling, the Court’s conservative justices agreed with the plaintiffs that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) does not have the regulatory authority to implement its vaccine-or-testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) under the current terms of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
High Court Rules In Favor of Vaccine Mandate for Federal Health Workers.
· A separate, 5-4 ruling left the White House’s vaccine mandate for employees of health care settings receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding. President Biden vowed to move forward on enforcement of the mandate in his statement following the ruling.