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Kansas legislature passes bill to protect workers from vaccination warrants

The Kansas state legislature this week passed a measure to protect workers from employer vaccination warrants, requiring companies to provide broad exemptions.

While the bill allows employers to put in place vaccine requirements, it requires them to allow exemptions, including for medical and religious reasons. It also aims to offer unemployment benefits to people who have been forced to quit their jobs because of the vaccine.

The Senate version of the bill was more aggressive. It included an amendment prohibiting companies from imposing vaccine requirements, but this amendment was not incorporated into the final version.

According to the Kansas Reflector:

The final version was watered down by dropping a Senate amendment banning Kansas companies from imposing vaccination requirements on employees and an amendment banning discrimination against workers based on vaccination status. The regulation removed an extinguishment from the law in 2023 and retained a severability clause to preserve the bill if parts were successfully challenged in court.

In addition, the package would channel civil fines of up to $ 50,000 paid by companies for violating the law to the state unemployment fund rather than the treasury.

Some lawmakers remain skeptical. Democratic state representative Vic Miller, for example, said potential unemployment benefits would be relatively unnecessary, as workers will have no reason to leave because of the widely open exemptions.

“Frankly, I don’t think anyone will eventually qualify for unemployment. It’s pretending to pretend they care about these people. It’s – it’s bullshit, “he said, calling it a” scam. “

“All they have to do is sign a false statement that they believe the devil is their religion, and therefore they qualify [for the exemption]Miller said.

However, Senate Majority Leader Larry Alley, a Republican, admitted that many believe the bill “does not go far enough.”

Nonetheless, he said it “protects freedom and protects individual freedom, and keeps Kansans at work and protects our religious beliefs.”

Democratic Governor Laura Kelly is expected to sign the measure. In particular, she opposes President Biden’s broad federal mandate on vaccines.

“It is too late to impose a federal standard now that we have already developed systems and strategies tailored to our specific needs,” she said in a Nov. 5 statement on the matter, promising to “seek a resolution which continues to recognize the uniqueness of our state and builds on our continued efforts to tackle a unique crisis in a century. ”

Kansas is the latest state to take action against vaccination warrants. Last week Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed a law in Brandon, Florida designed to protect workers from losing their jobs due to vaccination warrants.

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