Two of the federal vaccine mandates (CMS and Federal Contractors) have been enjoined throughout the U.S. (pending appeal). OSHA announced Jan. 10 as the compliance deadline for it’s COVID-19 ETS.
Hard Vaccine Mandate for All Federal Contractors and Subcontractors – Enforcement On Hold
A federal court in Georgia issued a nationwide injunction preventing enforcement of the federal contractor COVID-19 vaccine mandate throughout the U.S.
OSHA Soft Vaccine Mandate for All Contractors with 100+ Employees – OSHA Restarts Compliance and Sets Jan. 10 Compliance Deadline
The Sixth Circuit Court dissolved the Fifth Circuit’s stay order that prevented OSHA from enforcing its COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS). OSHA announced it was restarting compliance, setting a Jan. 10, 2022 deadline for compliance with the ETS (Feb. 9 for the vaccination and testing requirement). However, plaintiffs in the suit have petitioned the Supreme Court, which is expected to rule on the petition quickly.
The ETS is still facing pushback on the state and federal levels. The Senate voted 52-48 to nix OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) regarding COVID-19 vaccination and testing for all employers with 100 or more employees. However, the resolution isn’t likely to gain any traction in the House, where it would need more than the simple majority needed to approve in the Senate.
Several states have enacted legislation that would directly impact the ETS, including Ohio and South Carolina, who will be joining nearly a dozen other states that have set legal limits for on-the-job shot requirements. For example, legislatures in Montana and Tennessee have banned vaccine mandates as a condition of employment, while counterparts from Florida to North Dakota have required employers to offer broad exemptions or accommodations for employees.
CMS Hard Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers – Rule Suspended
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it was suspending its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers following two court orders to pause implementation of the rule.