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Gov. Abbott: TWC creates hotline for employees to report vaccine mandates at work

1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago Wednesday, December 08 2021 Dec 8, 2021 December 08, 2021 4:36 PM December 08, 2021 in News - Coronavirus Pandemic
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In a letter sent by the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas employers were reminded that they cannot impose a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on an employee who qualifies for an exemption for religious, personal, or medical reasons, according to a news release from Gov. Greg Abbott.

READ THE LETTER HERE

The letter also urges employees subjected to a vaccine mandate in violation of Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-40 to notify TWC by calling 800-939-6631 or emailing vaccine_job_loss@twc.texas.gov. 

TWC will refer verified tips to the appropriate authorities for prosecution, the release stated.

"My Executive Order clearly states that no employer can mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for an employee with a religious, personal, or medical exemption,” Abbott said in a statement. “We have now created a hotline for employees to report illegal vaccine mandates in Texas. While I encourage Texans to get the COVID-19 vaccine, it will always be voluntary, and never forced, in Texas, and we are committed to ensuring Texans' livelihoods are not jeopardized by federal overreach."

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