General Electric became the latest U.S. company to permanently suspend its COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirement for employees after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked President Joe Biden’s mandate.
According to Reuters:
General Electric Co on Friday said it has suspended COVID-19 vaccine or test requirement for employees after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling.
The court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination-or-testing mandate for large businesses – a policy the conservative justices deemed an improper imposition on the lives and health of many Americans – while endorsing a separate federal vaccine requirement for healthcare facilities.CHICAGO, Jan 14 (Reuters)
According to a GE spokesperson, the company will continue to encouraged its 174,000 employees to get vaccinated. GE suspended the rule on December 16 in the wake of a court ruling ordering a stay on the vaccine mandate for private sector workplaces. This latest decision permanently suspends the rule after Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
In October GE announced an intention to begin an employee vaccination mandate to comply with the pending federal regulations.