Vaccine mandate - employers' perspective
Updated: Sep 20, 2021
September 10, 2021 - President Biden yesterday announced he wants OSHA to issue a regulation that requires all employers with more than 100 employees to require vaccination or regular COVID-19 testing as a condition of employment.
Reaction was swift from other political leaders, including Governor Mike Parson who said, "The Biden administration's recent announcement seeking to dictate personal freedom and private business decisions is an insult to our American principles of individual liberty and free enterprise...My administration will always fight back against federal power grabs and government overreach that threatens to limit our freedoms."
Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe said, "As one of many advocates for businesses in state government, and as a small business owner myself, I am shocked and bewildered by President Biden's aggressive and unprecedented decree requiring businesses to police vaccinations...Over the course of more than 35 years in business, I am all too familiar with having to implement the government's 'helpful' ideas, devised by those who have never worried about making payroll or signed a check, but yesterday's decree beats all in terms of intrusion and overreach. I will work with businesses, statewide elected officials, and members of Missouri's federal delegation to fight the President's unprecedented over-reach."
Brad Young of Harris Dowell Fisher and Young joined AIM president and CEO Ray McCarty for a podcast from an employers' perspective, including potential workers' compensation liability and civil liability. CLICK HERE FOR THE PODCAST.
We will monitor the situation closely.