Iowa Bill Will Allow Unemployment Benefits to Workers Fired Over Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds addresses the virtual Republican National Convention connected  Aug. 25, 2020. (Committee connected  Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds addresses the virtual Republican National Convention connected Aug. 25, 2020. (Committee connected Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)

Iowa lawmakers passed a measure Thursday that volition let workers to person unemployment benefits if they suffer their occupation owed to refusing to comply with COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

The bill, HSB 281, seeks to support workers who are denied aesculapian oregon spiritual exemptions to vaccine mandates.

The instrumentality is constricted to an worker “discharged from employment for refusing to person a vaccination against COVID-19.” The measure focuses connected those who person been rejected for aesculapian oregon spiritual exemption requests.

“I judge we person recovered a meaningful solution to support Iowans and Iowa businesses from the Biden administration’s utmost authorities overreach,” Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley, a Republican, said successful a connection pursuing the bill’s passing.

The House passed the measure successful a 68–27 ballot connected Thursday. The authorities passed earlier successful the Senate 45–4. Two large parts of the measure include:

  • Any concern that requires the COVID-19 vaccine indispensable let waivers for employees if the vaccine could origin wounded to a person’s wellness and well-being, and the concern indispensable let a waiver for spiritual exemptions.
  • If an worker is fired for not getting the vaccine, the concern indispensable marque definite the worker is inactive eligible for unemployment benefits.

Employers successful usurpation of the caller instrumentality could look up to $14,000 successful fines per violation.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, signed the authorities Friday morning.

“I americium arrogant to motion this bipartisan portion of authorities today. This is simply a large measurement guardant successful protecting Iowans’ freedoms and their abilities to marque healthcare decisions based connected what’s champion for themselves and their families. This authorities besides gives employees the assurance that they volition inactive person unemployment benefits contempt being fired for lasting up for their beliefs,” Reynolds said successful a statement.

“This is lone the archetypal step. We volition beryllium taking different ineligible actions against the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate,” the politician added.

The propulsion for the authorities arose pursuing President Joe Biden’s announcement successful September of expanded vaccine mandates nationwide. The caller request includes national workers, contractors, and subcontractors; successful summation to upcoming rules for employees who enactment for companies of 100 oregon much employees.

Some felt the caller measure to supply unemployment benefits did not spell acold enough.

State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, a Republican, posted a effect connected Twitter calling it “an important archetypal step,” but said “a large woody more” indispensable beryllium done.

Kaufmann, on with chap authorities Republican Rep. Jon Jacobson, plans to pb a peculiar subcommittee to “work toward the instauration of an further survey bill.”

Christopher Burroughs

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