Tech Company Forced To Instate Vaccine Mandate Due To Biden Administration

This past Tuesday, Lumen Technologies, a company that is formerly known as CenturyLink, was forced to send an email out to all of its employees stating that “as a condition of employment,” they are going to have to be fully vaccinated by the 8th of December, due to the fact that the company sports a status as a federal contractor.

As part of the email, the company stated that they “have worked hard to avoid vaccine requirements,” but due to the fact that they are currently a federal contractor, they are being forced to abide by the mandate slammed down by the administration of Old Uncle Joe.

“As you know, we have strongly encouraged COVID-19 vaccinations since they became available but have equally resisted vaccine requirements,” an email sent out to employees stated. “Based on government regulations, our status as a federal contractor and our support of our customers — many of which are also federal contractors — we must now comply with presidential orders to require vaccines within Lumen.”

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“We have tried to avoid this action and preferred to encourage voluntary vaccination, but the rules and regulations are clear, and complying is the only business decision we can make,” continued the message.

In the wake of telling its employees to continue on reading with an open mind before making any job decision and making note that the company places extreme value on its employees, Lumen stated that only “a sincerely held religious belief or medical condition” would be a possible exception to the mandate.

The email even went on to add that “work-from-home employees” who work “directly [or] indirectly with covered federal contracts” are subject to the mandate and that it is “a condition of employment.”

On the 9th of September, the White House put forth an executive  order regarding vaccination mandates for all federal workers along with federal contractors:

… in light of the public health guidance regarding the most effective and necessary defenses against COVID-19, I have determined that to promote the health and safety of the Federal workforce and the efficiency of the civil service, it is necessary to require COVID-19 vaccination for all Federal employees, subject to such exceptions as required by law.

As for people contracting, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force has detailed: “Covered contractors must ensure that all covered contractor employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless the employee is legally entitled to an accommodation. Covered contractor employees must be fully vaccinated no later than December 8, 2021.”

As a part of a press briefing held Wednesday, Jeff Zients, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, stated that the December 8th dealing has a little bit of flexibility:

But even once we hit those deadlines, we expect federal agencies and contractors will follow their standard HR processes and that, for any of the probably relatively small percent of employees that are not in compliance, they’ll go through education, counseling, accommodations, and then enforcement.

So, these processes play out across weeks, not days. And so, to be clear, we’re creating flexibility within the system. We’re offering people multiple opportunities to get vaccinated. There is not a cliff here. And the purpose, I think, most importantly, is to get people vaccinated and protected, not to punish them.

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