Recent legislation enacted by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis requires companies to curb coronavirus vaccine mandates for employees.
“It appears that at this point the hospital is calling its staff back to work,” Florida attorney Greg Crosslin told Ascension St. Vincent Hospital WJHG, calling for his staff to return to work after been fired for not having received the vaccine.
DeSantis on Thursday signed several bills regarding vaccination mandates during Florida’s special legislative session. Under one of the bills, private employers must give workers the option to opt out of the vaccination mandate, including medical and religious exemptions.
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“I told Floridians that we would protect their jobs, and today we made it the law”, DeSantis said in a press release last week. “No one should lose their jobs due to tough COVID mandates, and we had a responsibility to protect the livelihoods of the people of Florida. I thank the Florida Legislature for joining me in defending freedom. “
Ascension was facing a possible lawsuit after making the vaccine mandatory for employees in July, WJHG reported. As of Friday, nearly 100 employees were dismissed for failing to comply with the mandate.
Crosslin has represented many laid-off employees and said he received individual calls from bosses and managers on Friday about updated vaccine guidelines.
“By telling them they had to get back to work on Monday, the Sacred Heart made the decision not to continue in Florida in light of the new law signed by Governor Ron DeSantis,” Crosslin said.
“Between the three establishments, it is between 80 and 90” employees, specifies Crosslin.
Ascension CEO Tom VanOsdol also confirmed in a letter Friday that the hospital group is rescinding the suspensions of those who refused the vaccine.
“Yesterday the governor of Florida signed Florida law HB 1B. HB 1B conflicts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Omnibus COVID-19 Provisional Health Worker Immunization Final Rule as of November 4, 2021, ”VanOsdol said, Action News Jax reported.
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“In order to comply with federal and state laws, Ascension Florida will revoke the suspensions of associates who have been suspended pending their compliance with Ascension Florida’s vaccination policy. All associates will be required to continue to adhere to our infection control protocols. Once we have clarified on the application of HB 1B and CMS IFR, the suspensions can be reinstated. “
Crosslin added that there is still uncertainty about the federal mandate and that the employees could be made redundant in the coming months.
“It’s only a temporary victory. They could still face the termination of the vaccination mandate in January, ”Crosslin said.
Walt Disney World also confirmed to Fox Business last week that it was suspending its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for its employees.
“We believe our approach to mandatory vaccines has been the right one as we have continued to focus on the safety and well-being of our actors and guests, and at this point over 90% of the active Florida-based actors members have already verified that they are fully vaccinated, ”a Disney spokesperson said. “We will address legal developments as appropriate. “
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An internal memo also said the hiatus would remain in effect as the company “assesses new state laws protecting workers from vaccination warrants.” FOX 35 Orlando reported.
DeSantis signed the bills in Brandon, Fla., In a thinly veiled blow against President Biden.
“We were here to celebrate a great city in the state of Florida, a city of freedom, and it’s important that when the federal government goes too far, like Joe Biden does, we sign legislation to protect Floridians,” DeSantis told Fox News. . “I think doing it here at Brandon is particularly meaningful because I think the people here are really enjoying it. “
The event was briefly interrupted by DeSantis supporters chanting “Come on, Brandon! ”
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The phrase “Let’s go Brandon” went viral last month following an interview on NBC with NASCAR Brandon Brown, Xfinity Series Pilot. NASCAR fans chanted “F – Joe Biden” during the interview, and in an apparent attempt to steer the interview away from politics, reporter Kelli Stavast said they chanted “Let’s Go Brandon” in support of Brown. . The phrase has now been chanted at sporting events, concerts and protests across the county to show his displeasure with Biden’s administration and policies.