While President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for employers with more than 100 employees is challenged in court, some companies are going ahead with vaccine requirements anyway—here are some of the businesses that have said their staffers must get the shot:
Major banking, tech, and media companies requiring all employees to be vaccinated in order to work from the office include American Express, Anthem, BlackRock, Citigroup, Deloitte, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Google, Lyft, Morgan Stanley, NBCUniversal, Salesforce and Uber, NBC News reports.
In the airline industry, United Airlines requires all U.S. employees to get the jab, Delta Air Lines only requires its new U.S. hires to be vaccinated, and American Airlines has pushed back their deadline to January 4, 2022.
Many employer mandates are holding up in legal challenges—a federal judge upheld United Airlines’ vaccine mandate for employees, which was put into place before the federal rules were announced.
McDonald’s is requiring all U.S. office workers to be vaccinated, but has not yet required restaurant employees to get the shot, and CVS Health announced a similar mandate by requiring patient-facing and corporate employees to be vaccinated—but did not specify the same for retail associates.
Microsoft announced it will require proof of vaccination from all employees, and Amtrak has said all of its personnel must be vaccinated or face weekly testing.
A Gartner survey released Tuesday of 300 businesses showed 60% of employers are planning to proceed with Biden’s January 4, 2022 deadline anyway, 10% said they were taking a step back from their plans and 30% had not yet decided, CNN reports.
Biden’s mandate, which requires employers with over 100 employees to require vaccines or weekly testing, was temporarily halted by a federal appeals court on November 6. The Biden Administration asked the court to lift the order, saying stopping its implementation “would likely cost dozens or even hundreds of lives per day.” A Fifth Circuit Appeals court reaffirmed the decision to block the mandate on November 12, writing in the ruling the mandate is “fatally flawed” and “staggeringly overbroad.”
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The legal challenge over Biden’s vaccine mandate is now before a federal appeals court in Ohio, but many think it will end up before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has declined to block other vaccine mandates in the past, but it is uncertain how they will rule on a requirement mandated by the federal government.
Tyson Foods announced it was requiring its entire U.S. workforce to be vaccinated in August, making it the largest U.S. food company to implement this kind of mandate—and over 90% of its employees have been vaccinated.
General Electric is requiring its 56,000 workers to be vaccinated, as it is a federal contractor. The White House ordered for all federal contractors to get their shot by December 8, unless they receive a medical or religious exemption, in a separate mandate from the one for large, private employers.