The White House was far-reaching actionsDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday was canceled. President Joe Biden announced a mandate to insure federal employees, healthcare workers and companies with more than 100 employees.
Richard Dreitzer, an expert in labor and employment affairs, said that the decision was influenced by employers’ urgency to protect their workers.
“Vaccines have been proven by the FDA, they are safe and effective, therefore they have been proven to be widely used and there are no bad outcomes in humans or very few of them, so people are more confident that this is going to help them, Dreitzer said.
Biden also announced that the Department of Labor will be developing an emergency rule that would require employers with more than 100 employees to get vaccinated. Dreitzer warns that it is possible for states to make complicated mandates such as this.
“I don’t think the federal government can do that, in our country it’s kind of a federalism thing, because the federal government has to submit to the authority of the states on certain matters, and usually regulates the health and safety of the public . Dreitzer explained that the federal government is second and falls first to states.
Dreitzer claims that the federal government is authorized to require vaccinations for federal employees. Dreitzer says that certain employees have no other options than to get vaccinated, or lose their jobs.
Dreitzer stated that vaccines are safe, effective, and work. Its history is positive, but in terms of negative results, it’s very minimal. So it’s becoming increasingly difficult for them to say with any credibility that they don’t trust vaccines.
Dreitzer claims that people will not be eligible for unemployment benefits if they are fired because they haven’t been vaccinated.
He said, “No, that’s not because it’s a direct instruction from an employer who is legitimately interested in keeping their workplace safe. They come up to me and present that to me as an employee and I say you know what you don’t want.” Dreitzer.