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UPS and Disney to meet with White House and discuss vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (Reuters) – Executives from United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N), Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) and other companies are expected to meet with White House officials on Tuesday to discuss President Joe’s plan Biden to demand that private sector workers receive COVID-19 vaccines, according to public documents.

The mandate would apply to companies with 100 or more employees and would affect approximately 80 million workers nationwide.

Several industry sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the rule-making process is urgently moving forward and they expect the mandate to be officially announced as early as this week. It was not known how long employers will have to implement it.

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has met with several influential business lobby groups, such as the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, and the Business Roundtable as part of its process. rule making. The meetings were requested by professional groups and companies.

Tuesday’s meetings were disclosed in documents filed with the White House.

Many groups have raised concerns such as labor shortages and how regulations by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) could exacerbate chain problems. existing supply facing US businesses ahead of the holiday shopping season. Other topics, such as testing requirements and who will bear the costs, were raised.

The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Biden’s plan has received a mixed reaction from trade groups and companies in the industry.

Several large employers, including Procter & Gamble Co (PG.N) and 3M Co (MMM.N), as well as airlines such as American (AAL.O) and JetBlue (JBLU.O), have imposed vaccination warrants since Biden’s announcement last month. . Others, like IBM (IBM.N), have said they will require all U.S. employees to be fully immunized by December 8, regardless of how often they walk into the office.

Some other large US employers, such as Walmart Inc (WMT.N), have yet to issue general requirements.

The vaccine ordinance has set back many Republican governors, including Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas, who have issued an executive order banning businesses in his state from requiring vaccinations for employees.

The mandate will be implemented under a federal rule-making mechanism known as the Temporary Emergency Standard.

Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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