The temporary block on the healthcare worker vaccine mandate on the grounds of religious exemption lasts until Oct. 12, so what exactly counts as a religious exemption?
Employment Attorney Melanie Franco with Tully Rinckey says a moral or philosophical objection is not enough.
She says it needs to be proven that it’s a sincere belief with documents and even religious scripture can help.
People remain worried the mandate is going to cause healthcare workers to leave an already struggling industry.
Public Employee Federation President Wayne Spence says it isn’t actually Governor Kathy Hochul that’s to blame, it’s the fact that there hasn’t been an increase to their starting salary grade since 1981 and the mandate is the final straw.
Though Sept. 27 is the day of the mandate, it cannot be enforced with the restraining order in place.
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