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Traverse Area Human Resource Association Reacting to Supreme Court Blocking Vaccine Mandate

The Supreme Court says private companies with more than 100 employees will not require workers to be vaccinated.

“It’s a fine line, and I think the job of the Supreme Court was to make that decision. What is the line between workplace safety and health and sicknesses,” said Rob Hanel, President-Elect of Traverse Area Human Resource Association,” OSHA has now not been given the ability to regulate sickness, but I also think this for now.

Hanel doesn’t think the ruling was a shock.

“Over the last couple of years we’ve all become pretty accustomed to the changing protocols, changing mandates, the new mandates, we’ve grown pretty thick skin along the way,” said Hanel. “I think nobody was that surprised just relived a decision was made and rather timely.”

Leading up to the decision, human resource managers saw problems with mandating vaccinations.

Hanal says many had concerns of a mass exodus from organizations.

There were also some advantages human resource managers saw if there were vaccine mandates.

“There would be stricter guidelines that would slow the transmission of COVID-19, and that is a positive and I don’t think anyone can deny,” said Hanel.

In a time of uncertainty, vaccine mandates could come up again, so businesses and workers should be ready for anything.

“Things are still changing at record paces unlike any other time in history, so you never know this could be back on some sort of table in the near term, maybe even before the end of this administration,” said Hanel.

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