Proposed Restrictions on Missouri Vaccine Mandate Raise Workers’ Rights, Religious Belief Debates | Politics

Bills that authorize vaccination warrants state that employers must accept broader exemptions than the religious exceptions currently required by the federal government. These exemptions fall largely into catch-all expressions like “Conscientious objection” and “sincere beliefsthe sponsors said, with the aim of including beliefs that challenge traditional understanding of religion.

“Frankly, a lot of employers don’t know how to apply (religious exemptions), and a lot of employees want to use it,” said Evans, R-West Plains. “The state clearly has a role to play in helping our businesses and our employees define what this means. “

Several sponsors argued that accommodations could be made for employees who refuse vaccination, citing telecommuting options.

Evans’ bill would also allow employer mandates to be exempt from the limitations of the bill if employers could prove that the limiting requirements would cause them “undue hardship.”

These difficulties have been at the heart of much of the opposition to the bills.

Opponents largely represented healthcare organizations, arguing that workplace safety was a critical factor in the decision to impose health-related mandates, and representatives from the chamber of commerce and industry. other companies, largely opposing the imposition of any government control, including both federal vaccine mandates and restrictions on state mandates.

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