After the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s mandate that workers at large employers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19, state Rep. Timmy Beson, of Bangor Township, today issued the following statement:
“This over-the-top mandate went after people at work for their personal choices about the vaccine. It certainly deserved to be stopped.
“Speaking from experience as a business owner, the mandate would have been terrible for employers, too. Although the mandate did not apply to smaller businesses, job providers of all sizes are already struggling to find employees. Certainly, workers should not be fired because of a mandate from a federal agency. And the testing option doesn’t do much to help them out; anyone who has glanced at the news recently knows there’s a shortage of COVID tests.
“The Supreme Court protected workers and businesses by putting a stop to this misguided mandate from the Biden administration.”
State Rep. Timmy Beson today called for greater accountability at Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) after an independent report determined that the agency likely paid about $8.5 billion for potentially fraudulent claims during the pandemic.
Rep. Beson, who owns a family market in Bay County, says his focus in 2022 will be on helping small businesses across the state, noting those businesses have an impact on their communities and their young people.