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Red states buck Biden by allowing workers fired over vaccine mandates to collect unemployment

Added 11-29-21 04:23:02pm EST - “Four states with Republican legislatures have changed their laws to permit those who lose their jobs over vaccine mandates to still collect unemployment benefits.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Red states buck Biden by allowing workers fired over vaccine mandates to collect unemployment”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Four states with Republican legislatures have changed their laws to permit those who lose their jobs over vaccine mandates to still collect unemployment benefits.

The governors of Florida, Iowa, Tennessee, and Kansas have all signed legislation that allows workers who are fired for their refusal to be vaccinated or who quit over vaccine mandates to collect unemployment. The changes are symbolic of Republican resistance across the country to President Joe Biden’s own federal mandates and could end up taking effect in other GOP-held states.

Iowa was the first state to pass such a bill in late October. The legislation allows for medical and religious exemptions for workers and codifies their ability to collect benefits if they are terminated for refusing to be inoculated. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, who is also suing Biden over the mandates, said at the time that “no Iowan should be forced to lose their job or livelihood over the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis, a possible 2024 Republican presidential contender and regular critic of Biden, signed legislation this month that prohibits private businesses from enforcing vaccine mandates unless they provide a wide array of exemptions. The new law also imposes fines of up to $50,000 for companies of more than 100 employees that unduly fire an employee under the new guidance.

Christina Pushaw, the governor’s press secretary, explained to the Washington Examiner that, under Florida law, a person is disqualified from receiving unemployment assistance if they are fired for misconduct — including violations of the company’s rules. But if the employer’s rules are unlawful, the person who was terminated could still receive assistance.

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