On Monday, Missouri lawmakers presented a bill that would make covid-19 vaccine mandates "impossible to enforce" by public employers and make employers liable for "medical treatment" injuries during work injury compensation.
H.B. 1686 states that "No public body… political subdivision, public school district, government department or bureau, public official, peace officer or any person appointed by the governor acting in an official and public capacity under such appointment" shall require any person to receive a covid-19 vaccination; or impose "any fine, tax or criminal or civil penalty, or conditional on any personal right or public service, based on whether an individual has received a covid-19 vaccination."
The bill states that provisions "shall not apply to health facilities or public colleges and universities where a covid-19 vaccination is required for employed or selected student participants or for colleges or universities to receive federal funding or for an institution to participate in a federal program or contract but be construed as prohibiting a general requirement for that students should receive a covid-19 vaccination as a condition of enrollment. "
The bill also includes exceptions for medical reasons and a" sincere religious belief that prohibits the employee from receiving medical treatment "if" the reasonable adjustment of such a conviction would not constitute an undue difficulty for the employer. "
According to the proposal, an employee whose rights are violated would be entitled to workers' comp "to deal with any damages incurred as a result of the employer's claim for medical treatment."