KANSAS: Guv signs bill ensuring employees full freedom from vax mandates

The bill provides a wide-ranging exemption to any vaccine mandate, including obvious health exemptions, but also religious exemptions. Crucially, the employer is not permitted to question the sincerity of those requests.

If any employee is fired or faces other punishments due to their exemption, they will be able to make a complaint with the Secretary of Labor. If the employer is found guilty of violating the legislation, they could face a fine of up to $10,000 per violation if their business employees under 100 people, and up to $50,000 if they employee over 100 people. Any fired employee should also be reinstated, with back pay.

The bill also gives protections to anyone who has been fired over refusing a vaccine mandate, granting them access to unemployment benefits if they would otherwise qualify, along with including a provision that would allow them to refuse further employment at a new business that would not respect their exemption.

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