Friday, January 7, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding court ordered stays on two vaccine mandates.
The court heard consolidated appeals on two sets of cases: the first set concerning the Medicare and Medicaid Services vaccine mandate covering healthcare workers at certain facilities, and the second regarding the Occupation Safety and Health Administrations Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for employers with 100 or more employees. A decision regarding the mandates is expected in the weeks to follow.
Closer to home, in Iowa, the legislature is waiting for the Supreme Court ruling before taking further state action on the issue. Last fall, the Governor signed a bipartisan bill extending unemployment benefits to Iowans denied religious and medical exemptions to the vaccine requirements, but both the legislature and the Governor are weighing an outright ban on workplace mandates depending on the ruling in the higher court.
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