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    Courts Block Roll-out of Federal Vaccine Mandates

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    • 1 December 2021
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    A federal judge in Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday to halt the start of a national vaccine mandate for Medicare and Medicaid health care providers that was scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 6. The court found that the federal government does not have statutory and/or constitutional authority to implement the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) mandate. On Monday, a federal court in Missouri blocked the CMS vaccine mandate for health care workers in 10 jointly represented states.

    In a related action on Tuesday, a federal court in Kentucky put a preliminary block on federal government contractor and subcontractor vaccine mandates in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. Meanwhile, the status of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) emergency temporary standard requiring either vaccination or weekly testing and masks in private companies with more than 100 employees is on hold pending further review by the courts. On Tuesday, OSHA extended the public comment period on the standard to Jan. 19, 2022, to allow additional time for review.

    Meanwhile, employers are encouraged to continue to follow applicable local and state rules and use best practices for the prevention and management of COVID-19 in the workplace.

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