The Biden administration is pressing ahead with requiring workers to get their COVID jab or potentially lose their job, a move that will certainly invite legal challenges. Later this week, the U.S. Department of Labor will publish its rule mandating that private sector businesses with 100 or more employees have all their workers either get vaccinated or get periodic testing for COVID-19, reports the Wall Street Journal.
The Department of Labor said that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had completed its review of the vaccine mandate on Monday, and the full text would be available in “the coming days.”
Also on Monday, the Biden administration released the details of a separate mandate requiring government contractors to get the vaccine. The new guidance tells contractors to provide “counseling and education” to employees who refuse the vaccine “followed by additional disciplinary measures”, reports Roll Call. Firing non-vaccinated employees should be a last resort, according to the new government guidance. It also gives contractors the ability to grant their employees medical and religious exemptions.
Both vaccine mandates have proven controversial. Some business associations have asked that the rules be delayed through the end of the holidays so as not to add to existing staffing shortages.
“Now placing vaccination mandates on employers, which in turn force employees to be vaccinated, will create a workforce crisis for our industry…