Some American Companies Dropping Vaccine Mandate for Employees After Supreme Court Ruling

Some American Companies Dropping Vaccine Mandate for Employees After Supreme Court Ruling

Several large corporations across the country including Starbucks, General Electric, Intel and Adidas are dropping COVID-19 vaccine mandates and weekly testing policies.1 The policy changes came following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down COVID vaccine mandates for companies with more than 100 employees, which were put into place by the Biden administration.

The administration’s “vaccination or test” policy for private companies was implemented in November 2021. 2 The Supreme Court blocked the mandate in January 2022.3

Other corporate business such as Amazon, Walmart and JPMorgan Chase also have relaxed mask mandates for their vaccinated employees.4

Corporations, which have made the decision to drop their COVID vaccine requirement, are still encouraging employees to get vaccinated but will not make it a condition for employment. According to Bloomberg, more than one-third of U.S. employers will still implement a COVID vaccine mandate.3

Companies Weigh Employee Retention and Public Perception When Deciding COVID Vaccine Policy

Many of the companies choosing to continue with COVID vaccine mandates have based the decision upon employee absenteeism reportedly caused by COVID illness, concern over employee retention, and the desire to attract future employees to their company.3 Brian Kropp, chief of human resources research for Gartner, Inc., stated that how companies choose to move forward with COVID-related decisions will “define, perhaps, forever how employees, customers and prospective talent perceive your company.”5

Supreme Court Rules COVID Vaccine Mandate Is Public Health Overreach

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Jan. 17 decision to block the vaccinate-or-test requirement was led by the National Federation of Independent Business and 27 Republican-led states. The lawsuit challenged the policy from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), arguing that it exceeded the agency’s legal authority.3

Had the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate been upheld by the Supreme Court, it would have impacted more than 80 million U.S. workers. In the ruling, the court said:

Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly. Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category… The challenges posed by a global pandemic do not allow a federal agency to exercise power that Congress has not conferred upon it.6

The Supreme Court ruled that healthcare workers, who are employed by facilities receiving federal Medicare or Medicaid, may continue to be required to comply with COVID vaccine mandates.6

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision striking down mandates for corporate America, President Biden responded:

It is now up to states and individual employers to determine whether to make their workplaces as safe as possible for employees, and whether their businesses will be safe for consumers during this pandemic by requiring employees to take the simple and effective step of getting vaccinated.6

Federal Employer COVID Vaccine Mandate Halted

Vaccine requirements for federal employees have also been halted as a judge in Texas issued an injunction on President Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate for government employees. The lawsuit was brought by the group Feds for Medical Freedom, as well as the American Federation of Government Employees Council. The Biden administration filed an immediate appeal to the injunction. The Court of Appeals will hear the case on Apr. 8.7


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4 Responses to "Some American Companies Dropping Vaccine Mandate for Employees After Supreme Court Ruling"

  1. Mary   March 15, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    I told a coworker the other day that I have never had any type of coronavirus not knowing I had one. Pre, mid or post covid19. I never heard of a non-symptomatic coronavirus pre covid19 either.
    Furthermore, some of us know that there are plenty of antioxidants and drugs that actually defeat coronavirus symptoms when we take them. Especially at the onset of symptoms until full recovery. If anything, people probably need monthly or yearly injections of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Very little if anything was mentioned from the MSM about malnourishment contributing to diseases.

    Fascists and their followers need to let people who know how to take care of their own health, or work with those who do continue to do so. For those who believe that a corrupt and a failing medical can save them. Those are the people to whom it belongs. There have been and may still be a few good healthcare workers who are still a part of the conventional medical system. And I don’t personally blame them for the twisted politics thereof. My point is that when people know that they know they can and are getting as good or better results elsewhere. They have no need for shot-gun medicine from any person or institution in the world.

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  2. James   March 15, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    Over reach is over late! I left LA,CA because of the inane power grab which is still going on.

    It’s about time for this whole mess to be cleaned up….and who paid the price? You and I …the middle income earners. Look at all the small businesses which have been completely destroyed by these farcical mandates….and some cities are still enforcing these ludicrous infringements upon our rights. Still trying to hold onto their ‘self anointed power’ over us all.

    It wasn’t big Tech or big Pharma or big business which was hurt, was it. They have EXPLODED in gains, while killing the small businesses. There has been a greater shift of money towards big business since the ‘pandemic’ than any other time in history. Exactly what they wanted to do….including making sure YOU don’t hear/see the ‘real story.’

    If you think this was by chance…..

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  3. Nancina   March 15, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Since when has the government been so health concience?…hmmm could it
    be $$$$$ they will get from big pharma? And if Biden is so concerned
    for the American people, why hasnt he
    come out saying people should be loading up on vitimin D right now! He
    should be stopping tbe censorship of
    healthy alternatives to the clot shot!
    Lets go Brandon!

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  4. Ron S   March 19, 2022 at 5:30 am

    The court decision have nothing to do with health.

    Reply

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