Biden Second-Guessing Mandates As Government Grinds To a Halt

The White House recently changed their stance regarding vaccine mandates for federal contractors, granting them increased flexibility over fears that the burdensome edict would give companies cause to drop contracts.

On Monday morning the Biden administration updated their guidance for contractors with workers that refuse to comply with Biden’s order that all staff must be vaccinated by a deadline of December 8.

The updated guidance reads that employers have more control over their own “processes for enforcement,” and are able to determine for themselves what the best “appropriate means of enforcement” are.

Previously, Democrat President Joe Biden signed an executive order to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for not just federal employees, but for companies that work on federal contracts as well.

Additionally, Biden’s command dictated that any business with more than 100 employees also had to implement vaccine mandates, though such companies were given the alternative option of regular COVID-19 testing in place of inoculation.

While previously the federal government set themselves up as the model which contractors must follow: that being eventual dismissal of an employee should they not comply with the vaccine mandate, the updated policy no longer requires that federal contractors supply proof of vaccination rates within their organizations by the deadline. While the Biden administration still warns that failure to vaccinate a given company’s workforce will result in termination, without demanding proof, so long as a company doesn’t openly stand up to them, they will likely coast by without.

News of this increased flexibility follows in the wake of many business groups and companies openly objecting to the notion of setting their own workplace vaccine policies based on the federal governments demands. Furthermore, the fact that federal contractors were not offered the option of a testing exemption infuriated many.

Suggestions within the administration include a delay on the deadline of the contractor vaccine mandate, or the inclusion of a testing exemption. It’s even been rumored that some suggest scrapping the edict outright. As the U.S. approaches the busy holiday season, already encumbered by supply chain issues, the mandate would further strain the coinciding week of the busiest shopping periods of the year, and a total loss of unvaccinated workers from the force would deeply worsen the situation.

Furthermore, companies happy to be independent of the federal government have threatened to terminate their contracts rather than lose workers.

Author: Judith Martin