Starbucks Rescinds Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate 

Starbucks won’t require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. John Culver, chief operating officer of Starbucks, informed all employees in a memo dated January 18.

This announcement comes after the Supreme Court’s Jan 13th decision. OSHA vs. National Federation of Independent BusinessesAfter a broad executive order that would have made it mandatory for private companies employing 100 people or more to get their employees vaccinated and submit to routine testing, the Court found that the Department of Labor, without authorization from Congress, does not have the power to enforce the rule.

Starbucks had issued a mandate for vaccines to its 228k U.S. employees You must comply with this executive order.  

Starbucks is not the only company that updated its vaccine policies following the Supreme Court ruling. General Electric (GE). AxitedIts vaccine mandate was last week. It had Temporarily suspendedAfter a lower court ordered that the Biden administration’s mandate be stayed, the policy was canceled and it was rescinded entirely by the Supreme Court.

Carhartt was a cothing producer. Respecting the mandateFor its 5,500 employees. “The Carhartt mandatory vaccine program will not be affected by the ruling,”Mark Valade, chief executive officer explained the situation in a memo. “Carhartt understands and appreciates all opinions regarding this subject, but we know that some associates don’t support the policy. We stand by our decision, because vaccines are essential to the protection of our workforce.

These corporate decisions are, unsurprisingly, a source of both excitement and frustration. praise and condemnation. Some consumers have vowed to boycott companies for either upholding or abandoning their mandates. 

The science makes it clear that the COVID-19 vaccines make both hospitalizationAnd death from the virus far less likely. There are many reasons why the government should not force private businesses to comply with these mandates. This is an infringement on private employer rights and a violation bodily autonomy. Many companies cannot eliminate candidates from their pool of applicants if there is a shortage of labor.