Small US Employers Frustrated by Biden’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Small employers like Bob Roth on Friday voiced frustration with U.S. President Joe Biden’s mandate that workers either get vaccinated or tested regularly to combat the spread of COVID-19. The co-owner of RoMan Manufacturing, a producer of transformers and glass-molding equipment in Grand Rapids, Michigan, supports vaccination but worries about increased costs, such as for testing and administration, that small companies like his will be forced to bear. He called the new mandate “encroaching.” “It’s easy when you sit in Washington, D.C., to say the employers will handle it,” he said. On Thursday, Biden took aim at vaccine resistance, announcing policies requiring most federal employees to get COVID-19 vaccines and large employers to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly. The new measures would apply to about two-thirds of all U.S. employees, who work for businesses with more than 100 workers. Large employers like U.S. automakers General Motors Co. …Read More

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