Boeing has suspended the requirement for its US-based employees to be vaccinated.
The Chicago-based airframer says on 17 December that it made the decision “based on recent legal developments”.
“After careful review, Boeing has suspended its vaccination requirement in line with a federal court’s decision prohibiting enforcement of the federal contractor executive order and a number of state laws,” Boeing says.
“We are committed to maintaining a safe working environment for our employees, and advancing the health and safety of our global workforce,” the company adds. “As such, we continue to encourage our employees to get vaccinated and get a booster if they have not done so.”
The airframer says that it will “continue to monitor and follow federal, state and local requirements”.
The administration of President Joe Biden said in September that it would introduce a vaccine mandate for all federal contractors as well as companies with more than 100 employees. It was set to go into effect in early December, but the deadline was later pushed back to 4 January. The mandates would have covered millions of workers in the USA.
However, on 7 December a court in Georgia blocked the government’s mandate for federal contractors saying the administration was overreaching its authority in introducing such a mandate. The Biden administration has promised to continue to fight for the measure.