Nov. 22, 2021 — The Walt Disney Firm has paused its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for workers at its theme parks in Florida after state lawmakers banned employers from requiring employees to get vaccinated.
Walt Disney World might have confronted fines underneath the coverage, an organization spokesperson instructed The New York Instances. The Biden administration has ordered vaccinations for employees in massive firms, however Florida and different states have challenged the mandate in courtroom.
The Florida legislature handed a invoice blocking COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and Gov. Ron DeSantis signed it into legislation on Thursday. The brand new rule was promoted as an effort to guard employees who might lose their jobs.
“No person ought to lose their job attributable to heavy-handed COVID mandates, and we had a accountability to guard the livelihoods of the individuals of Florida,” DeSantis mentioned in an announcement.
The Florida legislation prevents employers from implementing strict vaccine mandates and permits workers to request exemptions attributable to well being or non secular considerations, a earlier coronavirus an infection, or being pregnant or anticipated being pregnant. The legislation additionally says unvaccinated employees can get common testing or put on protecting tools.
The fines for violating the ban may very well be $10,000 per day per every worker violation for companies with fewer than 99 workers. For bigger companies, fines may very well be as much as $50,000 per worker violation.
In August, Disney World reached a cope with workers to require theme park employees to be totally vaccinated towards the coronavirus to maintain their jobs. The corporate defended that rule once more on Saturday, the Instances reported.
“We imagine that our method to obligatory vaccines has been the appropriate one as we’ve continued to deal with the protection and well-being of our forged members and company,” the corporate mentioned.
Greater than 90% of lively forged members in Florida have verified that they’re totally vaccinated, the newspaper reported. The Walt Disney Firm mentioned the pause will stay in impact whereas the corporate assesses the brand new state legislation, in accordance to an inner memo obtained by FOX 35 Information in Orlando.
Florida-based forged members and workers who haven’t verified their vaccination standing shall be required to observe security protocols for unvaccinated individuals, together with face coverings and bodily distancing, the inner memo mentioned.
The corporate additionally encourages company to observe security protocols by carrying face coverings, checking for signs, and getting vaccinated.
“We encourage individuals to get vaccinated,” the corporate mentioned.