The White House was sweeping actionsThursday was dedicated to the COVID-19 epidemic. President Joe Biden announced that a new mandate was in place for federal employees who work in health care and companies with more than 100 workers.
Richard Dreitzer, a specialist in labor and employment matters, says the decision was due to employers’ sense of urgency to keep employees safe.
“Vaccines are proven by the FDA, they are safe and effective, that’s why they were proven for wide use and there haven’t been any bad outcomes with people or very few of them, so people have more confidence that this is going to help them,” said Dreitzer.
Biden also announced that the Department of Labor will be drafting an emergency rule to mandate all employers employing 100 or more people to have their children vaccinated. Dreitzer warns that it is possible for states to make complicated mandates such as this.
“I think the federal government cannot do that, in our country it is sort of an instance of a federalism thing because the federal government has to defer to the authority of the states on certain matters, and regulating the health and safety of the public usually falls on the state’s first and the federal government second,” Dreitzer said.
Dreitzer claims that the federal government has the power to mandate vaccinations for federal employees. Dreitzer says that certain employees have limited options. You can either get vaccinated, or you can quit your job.
“Vaccines are safe, they are effective, they work,” said Dreitzer. “The history of them is good, in terms of bad outcomes it is minimal, so it is harder and harder for them to say without any credibility, I don’t trust these vaccines because they make me sick.”
Dreitzer states that people who have not been vaccinated won’t be entitled to unemployment benefits.
“No, because that is a direct order from an employer that has a legitimate interest in keeping their workplace safe and they come up to you and present that to you as an employee and you say you know what I don’t want to,” said Dreitzer.