Job seekers who oppose vaccine obligations are beginning to adjust their searches accordingly. The conservative social media website Gab launched the No Vax Mandate JobBoard, which has about 31,000 members as of Friday. A job site called Red Balloon was launched last month to “connect freedom-loving employers with freedom-loving employees.”
“We oppose this essential vaccine trend,” said Andrew Crapuchettes, founder of Red Balloon, in a YouTube video. “In today’s tough labor market, there are good companies with a strong working culture that want to hire dedicated employees, regardless of their health care choices.”
Stephen Gare, a Florida network technician, has set up a group at LinkedIn to connect employers with unvaccinated people. “I’m worried that many people don’t want to get vaccinated and are looking for a job,” Gare said.
Unvaccinated Gare isn’t currently looking for a job, but he said he might need to look for a job if his company introduces a vaccination obligation. “I do whatever it takes to live without vaccination,” he said.
It is legal for an employer to request a vaccine from both current and new employees. Also, because US disability law does not protect vaccination status, companies are allowed to consider vaccination status in most countries when selecting job seekers, even without formal obligations. The labor lawyer says. However, as some states pass measures to limit or ban vaccine obligations, they may still be subject to proceedings or political opposition.
Ian Schaefer, a partner at law firm Loeb & Loeb, who specializes in labor issues and advises companies on Covid’s policies, said: “And so far, it’s perfectly acceptable.”
“Part of the pre-screening process”
The biggest hurdle to mandatory vaccines in some industries is labor shortages. For example, few large retailers have announced that they will impose obligations on front-line workers for fear of mass departure. And as companies stand up for the vacation rush, mandatory new hires are becoming rare.