White Home examines what powers corporations must prescribe vaccines – Enterprise Insurance
(Reuters) – The Biden administration is scrutinizing which agency companies should mandate vaccines, a senior US official told Reuters on Friday as it ponders what further steps can be taken to stop the spread of COVID-19.
"We look at this just to see how far employers can go with vaccines and ask their employees to get vaccinated," US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh told Reuters. "It's on the radar."
United Airlines Inc. joined companies from Microsoft to Tyson Foods on Friday that mandate COVID-19 vaccines.
While the recordings are widespread in the country, some Americans have chosen not to get them. Meanwhile, the rapidly expanding Delta variant threatens to undo the country's economic and public advances.
But companies have struggled with the scope of their powers to demand shots.
One of the concerns is the possibility that companies will face discrimination lawsuits if they call employees back to their desks from home after 18 months of pandemic-related work.
For his part, President Joe Biden has supported such moves. "I will have their backs and the backs of other private and public sector executives if they take such steps," he said Tuesday.
Nevertheless, as the largest employer in the country, the federal government has stopped before such steps. You have asked unvaccinated employees to undergo increased testing.
The government was also in early political discussions about a "range of options" to "continue to launch a war response to the virus," press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. These options could include restricting federal funds like Medicare funds from nursing homes and long-term care facilities to encourage vaccination.
According to preliminary results of an ongoing pulse survey of more than 200 American employers, which was launched on July 19 by the consulting firm Mercer, 14% of employees now need a vaccination in order to be able to work at a company location.
Since the pandemic began, there have been around 2,950 labor lawsuits related to COVID-19 in the United States, ranging from disputes to remote working to job security and discrimination, law firm Fisher Phillips said.