Employment & Immigration

The potential for legal challenges, union contract disputes and the logistical hurdles underscore the difficulty for the administration to quickly implement a sweeping mandate.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about combatting the coronavirus pandemic in the State Dining Room of the White House on Sept. 9. | Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

By REBECCA RAINEY

09/13/2021 04:21 PM EDT

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President Joe Biden’s surprise order for the Labor Department to issue mandatory vaccine rules for large companies is already facing headwinds from businesses, conservative governors and even his union allies.

Management-side attorneys say they are fielding frenzied calls from companies with questions over what the rules requiring them to verify that their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly for Covid-19 will actually entail and whether the business or unvaccinated employees will have to pay for the testing.

Unions have been treading a fine line over the new policy, arguing that workers and labor should have a say in any vaccine mandate policy — required by the federal government or not — while also strongly urging their members to get the shot.

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