COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Employment Law
On September 9, 2021, President Biden released an Executive Order titled, "Executive Order on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees." This Executive Order stated that the nationwide public health emergency caused by COVID-19, and the subsequent declaration of a National Emergency, have prompted the president to require all federal employees to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Executive Order further stated that since vaccines are widely available there is no cause to delay all federal employees from becoming vaccinated and that the FDA has certified the vaccine meets their safety standards.
Federal agencies have taken this executive order and released, in varying ways, instructions for all of their employees to become vaccinated or they risk being terminated.
What they are missing is a portion in the Executive Order that states, "(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations."
Under this provision, and in accordance with EEOC guidelines, the Quinn Law Group has asserted, on behalf of clients, that employees have the right to request an exemption from the vaccine mandate.
You can request a COVID-19 vaccine exemption, but you have to act quickly.