The Nevada Independent Insurance Agents work with state and national regulatory bodies to ascertain that regulation of the industry in Nevada is applied in an even-handed manner, builds and maintains a strong marketplace, and most importantly, benefits the Nevada consumer. It is the strong relationships built by NIIA that help us meet these goals.
Your NIIA Legislative Committee is frequently in communciation with the NIIA lobbyist, the Department of Insurance and other represenatitives in the state who are involved with the regulations and laws of the insurance and small business industries.
Should you have any comments or interests, you are encouraged to reach out to Jana Foster, Legislative Chair or Susan Bauman, Executive Director.
NATIONWIDE INJUNCTION ISSUED FOR FEDERAL CONTRACTOR VACCINE MANDATE
A federal judge in Georgia has issued an order granting a preliminary injunction, which enjoins the enforcement of the vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors. That means implementation and enforcement of the mandate is paused while litigation is taking place. This injunction applies nationwide to all federal contractors and subcontractors in all contracts covered by the mandate.
The vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors was set to go into effect on January 4, 2022 and required that employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they had religious or medical exemption.
CMS MANDATE FOR HEALTHCARE ALSO BLOCKED
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) interim final rule
requiring healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022 was
blocked by two separate federal district courts. On November 10, the Missouri
District Court granted a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the
vaccine mandate in 10 states that had challenged the rule. On November 15, the
Louisiana District Court granted a preliminary injunction filed by 14 states
blocking the vaccine mandate in all states not covered by the injunction issued
STAY ISSUED FOR COVID-19 EMERGENCY TEMPORARY STANDARD
On November 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a stay of enforcement of OSHA's COVID-19 vaccination or testing emergency temporary order (ETS) nationwide. OSHA has stated that while it is confident in it's authority to enforce the ETS, it has suspended activities related to implementing and enforcing the ETS while litigation is on going.
More than 30 petitions have been filed in multiple district courts across the country challenging the COVID-19 ETS. For that reason, a lottery was held to determine which court would resolve the consolidated challenges. The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit was selected to decice on how to proceed with the stay of the COVID-19 ETS.
What should employers do? While implementation and enforcement of the vaccine mandates are halted for the time being, subject to further action from the courts, covered employers should continue to take steps to ensure they can comply with the requirements should the injunctions get lifted or a decision upholding the mandates gets issued.
Source: Nevada Association of Employers,December 8, 2021
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