Legislators in Missouri are prepared to consider legislation that would prohibit employers from giving their employees a mandate to receive the covid-19 vaccine under certain conditions.
S.B. 693, which was filed in advance on Wednesday, states that it "shall be illegal for an employer to require an employee to receive covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment without allowing the employee to be exempted from such vaccination requirements due to the employee's religious or philosophical belief, medical condition, including pregnancy or future pregnancies, or previous exposure to and recovery from covid-19. ”
While the employer may require the employee seeking exemption to make such a request in writing, the bill states that employees would not need to "explain, prove, defend or otherwise substantiate his or her religious or philosophical beliefs or medical condition in connection with requesting an exemption for vaccination."
The bill also prohibits employers from requiring an employee to request or receive a vaccination exemption to undergo diagnostic tests for COVID-1