Q&A: How the federal vaccine mandate affects employersRead Time: 1 min
New Orleans Member Camille Bryant was profiled in a Q&A in New Orleans CityBusiness on September 16, 2021 discussing the impacts President Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate will have on employers, and how management can prepare themselves to comply with and implement this mandate in the workplace.
If we look back to the early 1900s with smallpox, we saw the Supreme Court uphold a vaccine mandate. The difference with that is it came from the state level. Generally, health and safety oftentimes is viewed as a state issue. That’s one argument against enforcement of this. On the other side, everyone has to keep in mind that this is not a national mandate. It doesn’t apply to everyone. The administration was very careful in tailoring this to it applying to employers with a specific employee count. Even outside of that, there’s still going to be an opt out. You don’t have to get the vaccine if you don’t want to, but you have to get tested. I think because they have those carve-outs, it may be upheld. We’re going to have to wait and see.
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