The latest on COVID-19 & the Federal Mandate

The new variant has been detected in at least two dozen countries, including the United States, where a case was detected in California on Wednesday. And if you are traveling beyond our borders anytime soon, pay close attention to an announcement expected by the Biden administration on Thursday. It is anticipated that anyone coming into the U.S. will be required to test a day prior to their arrival; this pertains even to U.S. citizens and vaccinated persons, and may even be broadened to require post-arrival testing.

We have news on the federal mandate front, as well. As we have been reporting, the federal Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), or “federal vaccine mandate,” was recently paused until the 6th U.S. Circuit Court delivers a ruling. Earlier this week, decisions handed down in two other, separate courts also presented speed bumps for the federal vaccine mandate:

  1. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been at least temporarily blocked from its vaccine mandate on healthcare workers. This comes from a U.S. District Judge in Louisiana, and could stand to impact up to two million unvaccinated health care workers. Together with a similar ruling by a court in St. Louis, this stoppage applies to all of the U.S.
  2. In a Kentucky-based U.S. District court, a judge has determinedthat government contracts may not include language requiring the contractors’ employees to be vaccinated. However, this determination currently applies only to Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee, while at least a dozen other such lawsuits have been filed across the country.

Much more to come from courtrooms on the federal vaccine mandate. We will keep you informed on decisions that impact the business community.

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