The Network for Public Health Law monitors key court cases and relevant judicial trends in public health. The Network’s monthly reporter, Judicial Trends in Public Health (JTPH), highlights select, recently-published cases in public health law and policy from the prior 3 months. Case abstracts are organized within 11 key topics (adapted from James G. Hodge, Jr., Public Health Law in a Nutshell, 4th ed. (2021)), including hyperlinks to the full decisions (where available). Contact the Network for more information, questions, or comments.
National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor and Ohio v. Department of Labor (U.S. Supreme Court, Jan. 13, 2022):On request by various states, businesses, and other organizations, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) emergency temporary standard mandating COVID-19 vaccination or testing in many U.S. workplaces. Read the abstract here.
Biden v. Missouri and Becerra v. Louisiana (U.S. Supreme Court, Jan. 13, 2022): The U.S. Supreme Court allowed a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule to take effect which requires facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid to ensure that their staff receive COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to religious or medical exemptions. Read the abstract here.
JTPH is a collaboration of the Network’s Western and Eastern Region Offices led by Editor-in Chief, Jennifer Piatt, JD, Deputy Director, Western Region Office. Additional Western Region contributors include James G. Hodge, Jr., JD, LLM, Erica N. White, JD, Rebecca Freed, and Nora Wells. Eastern Region contributors include Kathi Hoke, JD, Morgan Jones, JD, and Brianne Schell, JD, MA.
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