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Minnesota employers adjust plans after Supreme Court halts vaccine mandate

Private employers have more control over their corporate vaccination policies, but health care providers will still need to meet the federal mandate requirements


January 14, 2022

Jerry Holt, Star Tribune

Patty Ruiz works during her shift at Cambria. The company's CEO said private sector mandates put companies like his "in a real pickle" over privacy laws and personal rights.

Many Minnesota employers were relieved Thursday as the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a federal vaccine-or-test requirement that some feared would make it even harder for businesses to operate amid the continuing economic shocks from the pandemic.

State officials estimated more than 4,500 employers in Minnesota with 100 or more workers would have been affected by the requirement from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Those firms collectively employ about 1.4 million Minnesotans.

"We are pleased with the court's restraint. We continue to believe that employers know best how to manage their workplaces, and keep employees and customers safe," said Doug Loon, president and chief executive of the 2,300 member Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, in a statement.


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