United leave plans for staff exempted from COVID vaccine on hold

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A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday night barred United Airlines from placing on unpaid leave, exempting any employees from the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

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description: NS temporary stop order It also said the airline cannot deny “any late request for religious or medical accommodation”.

  • The order is in force till October 26 before the court considering the preliminary injunction case.

big picture: United Airlines said last month that more than 97% of the company’s US-based employees had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

  • Six United employees requesting religious and/or medical exemptions filed suit last month against the company in an attempt to stay on payroll, CNN Note.

of note: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday issued a sweeping executive order banning vaccine mandates by any “entity”, including private employers.

  • Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, both based in Texas, still require employees to be vaccinated despite the state’s new ban on vaccine mandates by private businesses.

go in: United CEO: Mandating COVID vaccine was a no-brainer

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