(LibertySociety.com) – While OSHA vaccine mandates are right around the corner for businesses with 100 employees or more, five Republican-led states decided to extend unemployment benefits to cover those who lose their jobs for refusing the vaccine.
Typically, when an employer fires a person for cause or an employee quits their job, they cannot collect unemployment. Still, Arkansas, Iowa, Tennessee, Florida, and Kansas made exceptions for those who choose not to vaccinate.
Those ex-employees can still collect benefits, and more states are considering following the lead.
Wyoming, Missouri, and Wisconsin are thinking about a similar approach.
5 GOP-led states extend unemployment aid to workers who lose jobs over vaccine mandates https://t.co/Rkz9IpkBuA
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 27, 2021
Critics claim the move undermines the White House and its pandemic response, but others believe the states are preserving citizens’ rights to make their own medical choices without fear of employer retaliation.
Many business owners who will be affected by the federal vaccine mandate argued against it, citing costs to their business while companies are already struggling. State Senate President Ty Masterson (R-KS) believes the upcoming rules are unfair and made it clear Kansas is choosing “freedom over Faucism.”
The controversial OSHA COVID-19 vaccine or test mandate will likely take effect on January 10, 2022, for many companies across the US — unless SCOTUS steps in to stop it.
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