New Florida Law Requires Employers to Give Employees Multiple, Potential Exemptions to Any Mandatory Vaccine Requirement
Yesterday, November 18, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation designed to give employees numerous COVID-19 vaccination exemptions to use to avoid any mandatory vaccination policy their employers seek to impose. Specifically, private employers must grant exemptions for: health or religious concerns; pregnancy or anticipated future pregnancy; past recovery from COVID-19; periodic testing or using PPE (i.e., masks). The private employer would bear the costs of the periodic testing and/or PPE.
Employers who violate these laws could be fined. Small businesses (defined as 99 employees or less) will face a $10,000 per employee violation. Medium and big businesses will face a $50,000 per employee violation. Government employers may not require COVID-19 vaccinations of anyone, including employees.
The legislation can be accessed here: House Bill 1B (2021B) – The Florida Senate (flsenate.gov). The law is effective as of November 18, 2021.