Vaccine Ruling Settles Divisive Issue for U.S. Companies

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Some corporate leaders applaud the rejection of the Supreme Court’s mandate

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Mr Williams said he worries his organization could lose some employees if they do not comply. He also said that he did not understand why the order only applies to companies with more than 100 employees. “I thought unequal treatment was a challenge,” he said.

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To prepare for the mandate, the Gulf Coast Bank had set up systems so that its employees could upload proof of a vaccine or test and communicated regularly with employees about the rules. The company has hosted vaccination clinics on site, and Mr Williams has personally urged employees to get the shot. “We’re still going to say get it,” he said of the vaccine, “but it won’t be mandatory.”

The original mandate divided corporate leaders. Some officials said they welcomed the directive because it gave them some cover to meet the vaccination requirements, even though some employees objected.

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Deloitte US requires vaccinations for US employees to enter the professional services firm’s offices and its Deloitte University training campus. CEO Joe Ukuzoglu said he did not expect a Supreme Court decision to change the company’s policies.

“We have set a policy that makes sense for our organization and that has served us incredibly well, and we have no intention of changing it,” he said.

Several companies shelved their plans to make vaccines mandatory after the Biden administration’s requirement was challenged. general Electric Co.

and union pacific Corporation

were among those who suspended vaccine requirements for workers.

including Southwest Airlines Co.

and Raytheon Technologies Corporation

, said at the time that they would put in place plans to make the vaccines mandatory. New York City implemented a mandate for private employers that took effect in late December.

The National Retail Federation, which argued against the mandate’s legality, called Thursday’s decision a “significant victory for employers” while noting that it still supports vaccines to help overcome the pandemic. .

Other executives said the decision removed at least some of the uncertainty that had hung over their operations in recent months, even as they planned to continue advocating for vaccinations to their employees. .

At Houston trucking and logistics company Jetco Delivery, executives sent an email to employees within minutes of the Supreme Court ruling letting them know that employees may have disregarded previous instructions on how to comply with vaccine or testing requirements.

“We breathed a sigh of relief, and we told our team not to worry about it,” said JETCO CEO Brian Filco.

Mr Filco said he is personally passionate about COVID-19 vaccines, and urges employees to get them, but he also believes the federal government has put companies in a difficult position. Have given.

“It really comes down to, at what point does my role as an employer end?” Mr. Fielkow said. “I actually agree with the court’s argument that it was an overstatement.”

He also worried that the rules would have been operationally difficult to enforce, especially for non-vaccinated workers requiring routine tests.

“Weekly testing would have really been a burden,” he said, especially given the recent challenges in accessing tests nationwide. “We don’t have to worry about that; we can focus on running our business.”

Write Chip Cutter at [email protected]

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