Disney Pauses Employee Vaccine Mandate After Florida’s Ban

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 may have confronted fines below the coverage, an organization spokesperson informed The New York Instances. The Biden administration has ordered vaccinations for employees in giant firms, however Florida and different states have challenged the mandate in court docket.

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 may lose their jobs.

“No one ought to lose their job attributable to heavy-handed COVID mandates, and we had a duty to guard the livelihoods of the folks of Florida,” DeSantis stated in an announcement.

The Florida legislation prevents employers from imposing strict vaccine mandates and permits staff 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 gear.

The fines for violating the ban might be $10,000 per day per every worker violation for companies with fewer than 99 staff. For bigger companies, fines might be as much as $50,000 per worker violation.

In August, Disney World reached a cope with staff to require theme park employees to be absolutely vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus to maintain their jobs. The corporate defended that rule once more on Saturday, the Instances reported.

“We consider that our method to necessary vaccines has been the suitable one as we’ve continued to deal with the protection and well-being of our solid members and friends,” the corporate stated.

Greater than 90% of lively solid members in Florida have verified that they’re absolutely vaccinated, the newspaper reported. The Walt Disney Firm stated 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 solid members and staff who haven’t verified their vaccination standing shall be required to comply with security protocols for unvaccinated folks, together with face coverings and bodily distancing, the inner memo stated.

The corporate additionally encourages friends to comply with security protocols by carrying face coverings, checking for signs, and getting vaccinated.

“We encourage folks to get vaccinated,” the corporate stated.

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