The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) blocked rules mandating “large” employers, including all Maryland counties, to require COVID-19 vaccinations and/or testing for all staff were unconstitutional.
The January 13 decision throws out emergency temporary standards (ETS) issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in November to require employers with 100 or more employees — including all Maryland counties — to develop, implement and enforce a COVID-19 vaccination-or-testing policy.
The rules were set to go into effect in December, but had been halted on November 6, when the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of a legal challenge to them. They ultimately went before SCOTUS last week for oral arguments.
- Conduit Street coverage:
- Read NACo’s blog on the ETS.
- Access NACo’s Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate FAQ.
- Read OSHA’s summary of the COVID-19 vaccination Emergency Temporary Standards.
- Learn more about the White House’s COVID-19 Path Out of the Pandemic Plan.