Ever since Joe Biden announced his sweeping mandates that are designed to vaccinate 100 million American workers, there has been no shortage of follow-up questions. Employers who are responsible for more than 100 employees must follow these mandates. Employees who are not willing to be vaccinated must submit to weekly testing.
The mandates have to be forced by the employer as well. Biden, in classic Biden fashion, has yet to offer meaningful commentary on what happens next. He did not do a good job of explaining things because that’s how Sleepy Joe rolls. He just says things and then he expects the rest of us to try and figure it out.
Biden’s main objective the other day was easy enough to understand. He wants people to know that his patience has worn thin when it comes to people not being vaccinated. That’s why he had to play good cop/bad cop. He was using his kind old man voice for stretches of the speech and he was also an angry old man when his words called for it.
The angry old man is kind of scary but we are getting used to it now. His agitation masks one key fact here: the mandates have yet to even be finalized. Red state governors believe that Biden will take so long to roll out the additional details, they have yet to even start filing lawsuits. How much longer is it going to take before the details are unveiled?
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It’s a fair question that is being asked at the moment. The Consumer Brands Association is one of the organizations that is most concerned by the mandates. This company is responsible for representing a wide array of major packaged goods companies. Coca-Cola and General Mills, Kellogg, and Campbell Soup are included among their ranks.
They put together their own list of questions and they sent them off to Biden. Their questions include queries about how proof of vaccination is going to be verified, the consequences for employees who falsify their vaccination status, whether employees or employers are responsible for paying for COVID-19 testing, and when these new rules are going to go into effect.
Hasty Biden didn’t even offer up an actual time frame. Consumer Brands Association CEO Geoff Freeman has requested “immediate clarity” but it is never going to happen. Biden wanted to throw his weight around and he did not care what happened from there. Meanwhile, some businesses have already tried their best to get ahead of the mandates by establishing their own.
According to Biden, employers must provide follow-up information about who pays for what. OSHA is also functioning as an extension of the Feds here. CNN has more about Consumer Brands Association and their concerns:
“The Consumer Brands Association — which represents the $2.1 trillion food, beverage, and consumer products industry that employs 2.1 million workers — urged federal agencies to “move quickly, anticipate challenges, promptly answer questions” and partner with businesses to implement the new plan.
“The Consumer Brands Association and our member companies stand ready to partner with you in getting Americans vaccinated,” Freeman wrote.”
CNN is also providing a small sample of questions that are being asked by businesses at the moment:
“What is considered documentation for proof of vaccination and how will booster shots factor into compliance? Will the requirements only apply to vaccines that are fully approved by the FDA? Does the government plan to centralize vaccination tracking? What are the consequences of falsifying one’s vaccination status or test results? What is considered suitable documentation for a negative test result? Should employees choose not to vaccinate, is the company or employee responsible for securing and paying for testing? When will the requirements be formally issued?
Do the new federal requirements include exemptions for religious beliefs and disabilities?”
These are all reasonable inquiries. No one should care if the almighty Joe Biden is out of patience. The plan was slapped together too quickly and now businesses are being left to twist in the wind…..