Several Big Business Groups Express Displeasure With Biden’s Private Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

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November 05, 2021

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Several large business groups on Thursday said President Joe Biden’s latest COVID-19 vaccine requirement was poorly planned and would burden employers during the holiday season.

The mandate, announced by Biden in September, was released to the public for the first time on Nov. 4.

It requires employers with 100 or more employees—and, perhaps, smaller businesses—to secure proof of COVID-19 vaccination from workers or force them to get tested for the disease on a regular basis, at least once a week.

David French, a senior vice president at the National Retail Foundation, said retailers have taken “extraordinary measures” during the pandemic to protect employees and customers, including encouraging and mandating vaccination.

“Since the president’s announcement of the vaccine mandate for private industry, the seven-day average number of cases in the United States has plummeted by more than half. Nevertheless, the Biden administration has chosen to declare an ‘emergency’ and impose burdensome new requirements on retailers during the crucial holiday shopping season,” he said in a statement.

Michael Hanson, a senior executive vice president at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, said the deadline of Jan. 4, 2022, was disappointing because planning and implementation would fall “during the busiest part of the shopping season.”

Hanson also said that retailers want to serve as partners in the push to increase vaccination rates but decried the fines threatened by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which promulgated the mandate in an emergency standard.

“It pits government against private employers instead of working with them to create a safe working environment,” Hanson said.

Large groups, including the association, had urged the Biden administration to allow at least 90 days for implementation.

The National Federation of Independent Business is opposed to the standard, Karen Harned, executive director of its Small Business Legal Center, said in a statement. She said it “restricts the freedom of small business owners to decide how best to operate their own businesses and imposes unwarranted burdens on small businesses that further threaten the small business recovery.”

Some other groups backed the standard, with several claiming it should have been stricter.

“Today’s action from the Biden administration, while not going far enough, is a critical first step to keep workers safe on the job as COVID-19 dangers continue,” Marc Perrone, international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers, said in a statement.

“While we are still digesting the details of the rule, initially we are encouraged by the compliance flexibility given to emp…

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