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Texas returns medical freedom to employment banning Covid-19 vaccination.

21 Nov


Update Applicable to:

All employers and multi-state businesses that have at least 1 worker or contractor in Texas.

What happened?

On November 13, 2023, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 7, Prohibiting COVID-19 vaccine mandates by private employers. The effective date for the law is February 6, 2024.

What are the details?

Texas approved SB 7, which will “…return medical freedom to Texans and ensure that they will not lose their livelihood over their personal health decisions.”

The bill prohibits employers from mandating Covid-19 vaccines to any employee, contractor, applicant for employment or applicant for a contract position to be vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of employment or contract.

The law also prohibits adverse actions by employers to their employees, except in certain healthcare facilities, providers, and physicians.

Best practices

  • Create, review, and incorporate necessary policies and practices changes.
  • Consider a communication plan and training for your managers, leaders, and HR officials.
  • Consult with a labor attorney for further guidance if needed.

Employers should review additional resources here:

Texas Governor Official Press Release

SB 7

Legislative SB 7 track

News Article

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