New Arizona bill will force employers to pay if they fire workers over vaccine mandate refusal

A newly proposed Arizona bill would force employers to compensate workers who are fired for refusing to comply with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

“Exemptions and accommodations were supposed to be made according to the Civil Rights Act and Arizona’s own attorney general, so it is very disappointing businesses are ignoring individual rights of people and employees, and terminating as a small business owner, I wouldn’t do that.

“So, it is disheartening. We need the government to protect these people,” Arizona State Rep. Steve Kaiser said, according to Fox 10.

The consequences

“If the Employees Compensation Bill becomes law, AZ employers would be required to pay a fired employee’s annual salary in one sum or over the course of a year,” Fox News reported.

“Employers would also have the option of rehiring the employees for the same or similar job,” it added.

The governor’s view

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order last December that banned local and state government groups from creating their own vaccine mandates, excluding health organizations.

The governor has previously strongly opposed vaccine mandates as well as mask mandate requirements in the state.

The order has angered Democrats in some parts of the state who have fought against the action.

The bill may make opposition to vaccine mandates stronger in the state just as the nation begins to roll back mandates as well.

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