President Joe Biden’s new vaccine and testing mandate is expected to affect some 100 million workers, with employers scrambling to figure out how to comply.
Employment attorneys are already being deluged by corporate leaders who want advice about what to make of the executive order, which covers federal employees, federal contractors, and workers at companies with 100 or more employees . Workers must soon be vaccinated or subject to weekly tests.
“Practically half an hour after the president made his speech, I had a line of people on the phone wanting to know when we should comply and how we needed to comply,” said labor and employment attorney Rebecca Demaree.
Demaree, based in Tennessee, told the Washington Examiner that there are unknowns about what the mandate will entail and how exactly it will be enforced because details are still forthcoming. She said that businesses will know more about what to do when the Emergency