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SCOTUS sets Jan. 7 hearing for arguments on vaccine mandates for employers, healthcare workers


Stefani Reynolds/Stringer via Getty Images The U.S. Supreme Court announced Wednesday it will consolidate appeals regarding court-ordered stays placed on two of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates, and the court will hear oral arguments on the appeals on Jan. 7, 2022.

The consolidated cases include two sets of cases. The first is Biden v. Missouri and Becerra v. Louisiana , which concerns the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ vaccine mandate covering healthcare workers at certain facilities. The second is National Federation of Independent Business v. OSHA and Ohio v. OSHA , which concerns the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Temporary Standard for employers with 100 or more employees.

The two mandates have faced legal hurdles and multiple challenges from stakeholders over the last few months. A federal judge placed a nationwide injunction on the CMS mandate earlier this month, but the scope of the injunction was later limited to specific states by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Meanwhile, a stay on OSHA’s ETS was lifted late last week by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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After weeks of speculation, employers now have clarity on the near-term legal future of the two mandates […]

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