Supreme Court Blocks COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate


In a Jan. 13 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the Biden administration’s vaccination-or-testing requirement for the nation’s largest employers by a vote of 6 -3. The court did allow a different and smaller policy to go forward, requiring vaccinations for most healthcare workers at the facilities that receive Medicaid and Medicare funds.

In Other News this Week


Additional recent headlines from consumer media of interest to linen, uniform and facility services operators, and especially readers of Textile Services Weekly.

Supreme Court Strikes Down OSHA’s Vaccine Mandate


The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday afternoon blocked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that called for a vaccine or test mandate on employers with 100 or more staff members.

ImageFIRST Acquires Pratt Abbott Uniform & Linen


ImageFIRST recently announced the acquisition of Pratt Abbott Uniform & Linen, headquartered in Portland, ME, with a service center in Portsmouth, NH. This acquisition marks ImageFIRST’s first facility in the state of Maine and its ninth in the New England region. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, according to a news release.

HLSG Expands Service Area with Latest Acquisition


Healthcare Linen Services Group (HLSG), St. Charles, IL, recently announced the acquisition of a commercial laundry facility in Portage, IN. The acquisition adds the company’s 11th laundry facility and 40-million lbs. of processing capacity in the Illinois, Indiana and Michigan service areas, according to a news release.

Emerald Textiles Hires CFO


Emerald Textiles, a portfolio company of Los Angeles-based private-investment firm Pacific Avenue Capital Partners LLC, recently announced that Christopher Lake joined the company’s executive management team as its CFO, according to a news release.

Act by Jan. 14 to Honor Your Team, Top Performers, Partners


Executives and managers from TRSA operator and supplier partner member companies are encouraged to publicly praise their own staffs, individual employees and/or industry colleagues by nominating them for TRSA’s 2022 Annual Industry Awards. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 14.

OSHA ETS Now in Effect – Despite Supreme Court Challenge


While the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 7 begins hearing a challenge to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on employee vaccinations/testing, the ETS remains in effect – at least for now. Laundry operators with 100 or more employees who aren’t taking steps to comply with the ETS’ vaccination and testing requirements could face fines, and possibly even criminal penalties, said TRSA’s Kevin Schwalb during a one-hour webinar on OSHA’s ETS.