Coronavirus: Unemployment available for some who lose jobs over vaccine mandates

Several states are making it possible for people who lose their jobs for failing to comply with the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate to collect unemployment checks.

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Iowa, Tennessee, and Florida have passed laws extending eligibility to people who have lost their jobs due to mandates, CNN reported. Kansas recently approved a similar bill, and Wyoming and Wisconsin have considered similar legislation.

Idaho and Michigan have pending legislation which would protect employees from discrimination based on vaccination status, Forbes reported.

A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found 25% of people were required to get the COVID-19 vaccine by their employer, and 5% of adults overall said they would leave their job if their employer required them to get the vaccine.

In general, workers who quit their job or are dismissed after defying a company’s rules are not eligible for unemployment, but the states have set standards for unemployment eligibility, CBS News reported.

The federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate is currently on hold indefinitely because of legal challenges, but employers can still require workers to get shots, The Associated Press reported.

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