WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Wednesday evening said it will hold a special hearing next month to assess the legitimacy of two Biden administration efforts aimed at tackling the corona virus. One is that large companies require their employees to receive coronavirus vaccinations or be tested weekly, and another is that health workers in federally funded hospitals be vaccinated against the virus.
The court said it was moving at an exceptional pace and is set to hear the case on Friday, January 7. The judges are not scheduled to return to the bench until next Monday.
Both cases are referred to by critics as the court’s shadow document, in which the court decides urgent applications without full explanation and argument on matters that can sometimes have serious consequences. The court’s decision to hear arguments on the applications may be in response to growing criticism of the practice.
The lawsuit was filed last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati.
“Govt-19 continues to spread, mutate, kill and prevent American workers from returning to their jobs safely,” Judge Jane P. Snyder told a three-judge panel. Strong wrote. “To protect workers, OSHA can and should respond to the risks as they develop.”
Almost immediately, more than a dozen challengers asked the Supreme Court to overturn a provision issued by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA.
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