Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has forced Disney to stop their vaccine mandate program for all of their Florida Walt Disney World employees.
In a memo to employees Disney announced that they have paused their program:
“Due to the passage this week of a new Florida law on employer vaccine mandates, and the federal OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard mandating the vaccine being stayed, we must pause the enforcement of our policy for Florida-based Cast Members and employees.
“As we assess the full impact of this new legislation, we are immediately pausing the enforcement of our mandatory vaccination policy for Florida-based Cast Members and employees until further notice.
Thanks to Governor DeSantis’ the new law requires companies imposing a mandate to allow and give exemptions. The State of Florida is crafting the exemptions paperwork that must be accepted by the Floridians employer or they will be heavily fined.
From The Hill:
Last week, DeSantis signed legislation that requires businesses to allow for exemptions to vaccine mandates, including prior COVID-19 recovery and religious or health reasons.
The legislation also allows employees to undergo regular COVID-19 testing or use personal protective equipment (PPE) in lieu of being required to get the vaccine. Additionally, governmental and educational institutions are not allowed to require vaccinations for their employees.
While signing the bill DeSantis said that it’s time “to stand up.”
“There’s times you need to stand up and you need to make your voice heard, and we had the ability to do it,” DeSantis said.
“At the end of the day, nobody in Florida should be losing their job over these jabs. We want people to be able to work, we want people to be able to provide for their families. We want people to be able to have livelihoods, and that’s just the way it’s going to be in this state,” he added.