A enterprise proprietor who owns 36 “Nice Clips” franchise areas throughout Iowa and Nebraska, spoke out in opposition to the Biden administration’s new vaccine mandate, indicating that it might additional hurt small companies recovering from an already tumultuous financial restoration.
“I don’t suppose they’re [the Biden admin] on the small enterprise facet—I feel they’re on another person’s facet,” mentioned Sharpness, Inc. President Jerry Akers Monday on “The Faulkner Focus.”
His feedback come on the heels of a Friday White House press briefing, the place Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned that it might be extra “cost-effective” for companies to require vaccines, as a substitute of what she surmised can be firms footing the invoice to pay for weekly worker COVID-19 tests — however added it was finally “as much as them to determine what to do.”
She additionally mentioned that companies the White Home had spoken with largely agreed with the mandate.
Akers is just not one among them.
“What extra can we deal with? What extra can a small enterprise soak up with all the pieces that’s been occurring within the final two years?” Akers requested.
Akers mentioned the “exorbitant” prices related to testing his workers — half of whom he claims are probably not inquisitive about taking the vaccine — would solely exacerbate growing prices of operation incurred from COVID-19 security and cleansing implementations.
He famous that the added price would affect his customers within the type of value hikes.
“We are going to lose workers,” asserted Akers. “We’re already about 70 workers down from the place we should be and it’s a battle to get again into the workforce proper now—and that is going so as to add another layer.”
As a part of his plan introduced Thursday, Biden mentioned firms with 100 or extra workers must mandate vaccines or weekly COVID-19 testing beneath a forthcoming emergency order by the Labor Division’s Occupational Security and Well being Administration (OSHA), which is able to apply to greater than 80 million private-sector employees. The administration mentioned firms that don’t comply can face fines of virtually $14,000.