"The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday scheduled a Jan. 7 special hearing to consider federal vaccine mandates in larger workplaces and in health care settings that receive federal funds.

The high court ordered additional briefing by Dec. 30 and set the oral arguments for the Friday before its next week of regular oral arguments.

The Washington Post, the New York Times and the Associated Press have coverage of the orders, here and here.

“The high court’s decision to quickly hold arguments on the requirements was unusual,” the Associated Press reports. “Both issues arrived at the court on an emergency basis, and the court usually quickly decides emergency applications without the more typical full briefing and oral argument. But the court has also been criticized recently for how it handles the process, which has been called the court’s ‘shadow docket.’”

The workplace rule directs employers with more than 100 workers to require vaccinations or weekly COVID-19 tests. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration had adopted the workplace mandate as an emergency temporary standard, an emergency rule that doesn’t initially have to go through the notice and comment practice.

This article was originally posted in the ABA Journal.

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