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Fewer Employees Consider Vaccination Mandates, Survey Reveals
Employers have shown more interest in encouraging vaccines than in asking for them, according to Fisher Phillips findings. It is also clear that, in a third of the more than 600 respondents, the fear of violating anti-discrimination laws prevents them from making mandate.
Fisher Phillips points out in this analysis that there is some paradox as to how these findings are undermined. When the results were published, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – the agency that enforces the nation’s anti -discrimination law – indicated that employers could apply for vaccination against COVID -19, but it has not yet clarified if or how. the masters may provoke the vaccine.
Seven EU Countries Just Got One Digital Vaccine Passport
European Union digital vaccine passport system live in seven countries yesterday, ahead of a full launch for all 27 member states on July 1. The document, called a digital green certificate, is indicated if someone has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, acquired from the virus, or tested negative in the past 72 hours.
Travelers who prove they fit one of the three criteria do not have to be tested or go to quarantine. The certificate is currently accepted in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, and Poland.
Companies Can Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine, Encouraging Workers to Benefit, Says EEOC
The employers allowed to request the COVID-19 vaccine, and could also legally provide incentives, including money, to jabbed workers, according to the update lead from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Companies must still provide reasonable accommodation for employees excluding mandatory vaccinations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Code.
The commission also said employer incentives should not be “forced,” but stopped giving examples of illegal offers.
Biden declares June ‘National Month of Action’ for COVID-19 Vaccine
President Joe Biden on Wednesday declared June a “national month of action” to mobilize more Americans to be vaccinated on July Four, to enjoy what he called “a summer of freedom.”
With the help of vaccinations, according to Biden, Americans are going through a summer that was much different than last year.
“A summer of freedom. A summer of joy. A summer of gathering and celebration. A summer all Americans deserve in this country after a long, long, dark winter that we all endured, ”he said.
Maine Lawmakers Won’t Share Vaccine Status With Others Coming Mask
Maine lawmakers ’reluctance to respond to a survey about vaccinations and a dismissal over a mask mandate threatening to boost State House business has sparked ongoing political tensions around the country. COVID-19 policies
Gov. Janet Mills ’decision to lift Maine’s mask mandate on May 24 followed instructions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that said vaccinated people no longer had to wear a mask in most cases. of content. Even Democratic legislative leaders hid the State House order that took effect ahead of Wednesday’s return to the Capitol for the first time in more than a year.
Cruise Lines and Florida Desantis Square Governor Not on Vaccine Passports
The Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis is on a collision course with one of the state’s most populous industries over a law he signed prohibiting businesses from asking customers if they were vaccinated COVID-19.
Cruise ship operators, which sail from major Florida ports, say the order will make it harder for them to safely return to the ocean, potentially endangering a major economic driver in state.
Groups Representing Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Google Suffer in Florida Over Governor Desantis’ New Bill Banning Online ‘Deplatforming’
Two industry groups representing tech companies including Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Amazon filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida, claiming a new law targeting online speaking violated the First Amendment.
The lawsuit was filed by Netchoice and the Computer and Communication Industry Association (CCIA), and focused on a new bill signed last week by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Washington County’s Largest Ban on Government Use of Facial Recognition Software
Washington state’s most populous county became the first in the country to ban the government’s use of facial recognition software.
King County, which comprises the largest area of Seattle and is home to about 2.3 million people, announced Tuesday that a proposal to ban the use by government agencies that use identification software on the face was approved by a 9-0 vote.
Tennessee Hat Store ‘Unvaccinated’ Star by David Patches Spark Protest
The manufacturer Stetson announced Saturday that it is pulling its products from a store in Nashville, Tennessee, where announced the sale of David’s “unvaccinated” Star patch for $ 5.
Driving news: Protesters rally outside Hatwrks Saturday, display signs with messages including “The Holocaust is not a marketing op.”