This afternoon the House State Affairs Committee is holding a public hearing on HB 155. This bill imposes liability for compensatory and punitive damages (as well as costs and attorney’s fees) for complying with a federal vaccine mandate that does not allow an employee to opt out. Although the bill appears to provide that an employee can object to vaccination for a medical reason, because the employee already had COVID-19, or on grounds of “conscience, including religious beliefs,” the exemptions are so broad that they swallow up the rule. Simply put, the bill makes it impossible for an employer to satisfy both federal and state mandates without exposure to litigation for damages that cannon be insured against. A copy of TCJL’s statement can be read below.

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