The Biden Vaccine Mandate's Impact on Private Businesses

Headline Roundup September 14th, 2021

President Joe Biden announced last week that private U.S. companies with over 100 employees must mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for employees or test unvaccinated employees weekly. The mandate on private businesses has raised legal questions, and several Republican governors have already committed to not enforcing it; Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has threatened fines for companies that do comply with the mandate. Meanwhile, companies that don’t follow the mandate can reportedly face fines of over $13,000 per violation. The news comes at an already trying time for America's workforce; there were a record-high 10.9 million job openings at the end of July as companies struggle to fill positions and some Americans continue to struggle to find employment.

Divided media narratives make it difficult to tell how private businesses feel about the mandate overall. Coverage from left-rated sources often framed businesses as ready and willing to comply with the mandate, highlighting large companies that had already agreed to it, such as Disney and United Airlines. Reports from right-rated sources often did the opposite, questioning how the government would enforce the mandate and focusing on business owners who were concerned that the mandate would diminish or frustrate their workforce. 

From the Center

As more and more people return to the workplace following months of working from home, the question of one’s vaccination status is becoming increasingly relevant and, in an increasing number of cases, a condition of employment.

In both the U.S. and Europe there are a growing number of jobs and sectors which are now requiring people to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 — not only in the more obvious public-facing roles like healthcare and education but also in the technology, hospitality, travel and finance sectors.

When Covid vaccine rollouts began...

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From the Right

President Joe Biden’s new vaccine and testing mandate is expected to affect some 100 million workers, with employers scrambling to figure out how to comply.

Employment attorneys are already being deluged by corporate leaders who want advice about what to make of the executive order, which covers federal employees, federal contractors, and workers at companies with 100 or more employees . Workers must soon be vaccinated or subject to weekly tests.

“Practically half an hour after the president made his speech, I had a line of people on the phone wanting to...

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From the Left

On Thursday afternoon, President Joe Biden announced that U.S. businesses with over 100 employees will soon need to ensure that their employees are either fully vaccinated or tested weekly.

Within hours, the reaction in the political class was intense. The hashtag #wewillnotcomply was trending on Twitter, Biden was called an authoritarian and a fascist, and Republican governors and the RNC threatened legal action.

Brooke Rollins, the CEO of Trump-aligned America First Policy Institute, was one of many to try to bring in the business community. “Businesses across the country should refuse to endorse this...

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