Sen. Stephens Files “Employee Liberty and Freedom Act” to Exempt Current Employees From New Vaccine Mandates

Beverly Cantrell - December 9, 2021 10:14 am

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Blake Cowboy Stephens has filed Senate Bill 1128, called the “Employee Liberty and Freedom Act,” to ensure current employees are exempt should employers institute new mandates for vaccines or other medical treatments.  Stephens, R-Tahlequah, said he was particularly concerned about loyal workers suddenly being faced with a new requirement that could force them out of their jobs.

“My heart goes out to the hardworking employees who’ve spent decades on the job only to be told they have to get a shot or they’ll be fired,” Stephens said.  “For older workers, they may not be able to find another job in their field.  My bill simply says that you cannot change the rules on your existing employees.  If an employer wants to start requiring a vaccine as a condition of employment, it can’t be applied retroactively—it would only apply to new hires who would know what the rules were from day one.”

Under SB 1128, it would be unlawful for any employer to require their current employees to submit to or take any vaccination or medication as a condition of employment.

The “Employee Liberty and Freedom Act” can be considered when the 2022 legislative session convenes in February.

For more information, contact Sen. Stephens at 405-521-5574 or email [email protected].

 

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