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Employers: Speak out about how the federal vaccine mandate would impact your business

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Even with implementation of the federal vaccine mandate currently suspended, the Missouri Chamber is encouraging employers to file public comments with OSHA. The Missouri Chamber has submitted a public comment to OSHA in opposition to the mandate. Make your voice heard on this issue by submitting your public comment here. Talking points or a comment template you can use appear below.

Talking points

  • Every workplace is unique and employers have long held the right to establish their own vaccine policies. This should include the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The federal mandate would affect more than 3,700 employers in Missouri.
  • Employers are experiencing crippling workforce shortages across all industries and regions of the state. This mandate will exacerbate the growing challenge to recruit and retain workers.
  • Nearly 80% of businesses across Missouri believe they should have the freedom to make their own decisions on this issue.
  • [ORGANIZATION/INDIVIDUAL] strongly opposes OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard as it is currently written AND any future expansion of it.

Comment template

[ORGANIZATION/INDIVIDUAL] believes the enactment and implementation of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard – COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing is the wrong approach for business.

Each workplace is unique and employers have long held the right to establish vaccine policies that work for their businesses. All employers should continue to have this right when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine and testing. Nearly 80% of businesses across Missouri believe they should have the freedom to make their decisions on this matter.

Employers are experiencing crippling workforce shortages across all industries and regions of our state. The pandemic has had a devastating impact on businesses of all sizes, with small businesses shouldering huge financial loss. The Emergency Temporary Standard, whether it is the current version or any future expansion of this, will exacerbate the growing challenge to recruit and retain workers. Workforce availability is key to making a full economic recovery.

Prior to the announcement of the federal mandate, the Missouri Chamber established a “COVID Stops Here” initiative, a completely voluntary program that encourages employers to offer employees accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines and recognizes workplaces vaccinated at certain percentage milestones. Participation in this program was extremely high. We believe the federal government should cooperate with the employers on voluntary efforts, like “COVID Stops Here”, instead of limiting their right to make their own decisions on vaccines and testing.

For these reasons, [ORGANIZATION/INDIVIDUAL] strongly opposes OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard as it is currently written and any future expansion of it.

 

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