Note: How are you dealing with vaccination mandates in your company? Maybe you're already vaccinated. Do you feel safe? As if you have dodged a bullet? Maybe you're not vaccinated. Do you feel pressured in order to keep your livelihood? These aren't easy choice for most folks. Did the Biden Administration think more than a step or two ahead to the ramifications of this layer of rules and punishments that will impact not only health, but also mental health, and will likely build a dangerous level of resentment. The mandates could be a recipe for workplace violence. And then those who are not electing vaccination will be demonized further. I have read comments all over social media saying "Good! Let them get fired! They are idiots! Selfish! They deserve to die." A slippery slope to sanctioned trouble.
From CNN Business yesterday, iconic American brands Coca Cola, Kellogg and Campbell's Soup asked questions.
New York (CNN Business) The trade group that represents consumer brands including Coca-Cola (KO), Kellogg (K) and Campbell Soup (CPB) fired off a letter to President Joe Biden on Monday with a laundry list of questions about his new vaccine mandate.
In the letter, Consumer Brands Association CEO Geoff Freeman called for "immediate clarity" on the administration's new Covid-19 Action Plan.
That plan, unveiled last week, caught some in the business world off guard because it includes an emergency rule from the Labor Department that calls for all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their entire workforce is vaccinated or regularly tests negative for Covid-19. Biden officials have said companies could face penalties of up to $14,000 per violation.
The Consumer Brands Association — which represents the $2.1 trillion food, beverage and consumer products industry that employs 2.1 million workers — urged federal agencies to "move quickly, anticipate challenges, promptly answer questions" and partner with businesses to implement the new plan.
"The Consumer Brands Association and our member companies stand ready to partner with you in getting Americans vaccinated," Freeman wrote.
The letter to Biden included a "small sampling" of questions that have surfaced among business leaders, including:
What is considered documentation for proof of vaccination and how will booster shots factor into compliance?
Will the requirements only apply to vaccines that are fully approved by the FDA?
Does the government plan to centralize vaccination tracking?
What are the consequences of falsifying one's vaccination status or test results?
What is considered suitable documentation for a negative test result?
Should employees choose not to vaccinate, is the company or employee responsible for securing and paying for testing?
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