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The Texas Workforce Commission issued a letter to Texas employers earlier this week reminding them about the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate laws.  

Executive Order GA-40, which was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, states that employers cannot impose a vaccine mandate on employees who qualify for an exemption for religious, personal or medical reasons.  

In the letter, the TWC said employers “should not mandate any Texas receive a COVID-19 vaccine without notifying the employee of the necessary exemptions and processing those exemptions in good faith.”  

Attached in the letter is a COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Form, which lists the two possible exemptions as: medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19; and reasons of personal conscience or religious belief.  

TWC also states that it is unlikely a claimant will be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits if the work separation is caused by the employee’s failure to receive the vaccine, though each individual case is different.  

TWC encourages employees who feel they are subjected to a vaccine mandate in violation of Executive Order GA-40 to call 800-939-6631 or email vaccine_job_loss@twc.texas.gov.  

Nathan Giese, Muleshoe Journal

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