The Latest with the Federal Vaccine Mandate
We’ve been keeping you apprised of the news surrounding the Biden administration’s Emergency Temporary Order which primarily impacts businesses employing 100 or more, healthcare employers accepting Medicaid and/or Medicare payments, and businesses that have federal contracts.
A few more speedbumps have popped up over the past few days. First, on Tuesday, a U.S. District Court judge based in Georgia issued a stay on the vaccine mandate for federal contractors. Unlike a similar ruling by another U.S. District Court judge last week, which applied to Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee, this ruling applies to the entire country.
Originally, federal contractors had a deadline of January 18, 2022 to be fully vaccinated.
In other COVID-19 public policy news, the U.S. Senate voted last night to repeal the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for larger businesses. Senators used the Congressional Review Act to take the vote. However, the House is very unlikely to take up the issue. Even if it did, it is highly likely that President Biden would simply veto the measure, should it land on his desk. Accordingly, last night’s vote was more or less symbolic in nature.
Implementation of this federal mandate is completely suspended while the issue is taken up by the Sixth U.S. District Court of Appeals.
In November, the MBA joined the Listen to MI Business coalition to officially oppose the mandate. Also in November, we joined in with several dozen Michigan Chambers in requesting that Governor Whitmer provide funding to support businesses’ purchase of testing supplies for their employees who decline to get vaccinated.
Issues & Answers Economic Update
On Thursday, we offered the final Issues and Answers program of 2021 to our membership. Dr. Tim Nash, Director of The McNair Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Northwood University, met virtually with about 40 MBA members, and did an outstanding job of delivering his latest economic update. You can read his latest update here. As you can imagine, the various factors feeding into the economic picture are unique at this point in time: Lingering effects of the pandemic, unusually high federal spending, inflation, a rollback of domestic fuel production, etc. all create a unique economic landscape.
The 2021 series of Issues & Answers programming, which focuses on timely public policy issues, was sponsored by Warner Norcross + Judd LLP.